The Wider Image: Love of sea turtles turns Philippine poachers into protectors
Jessie Cabagbag, 40, who used to be a poacher and is now a sea turtle patroller, hauls his fishing net with another fisherman on his boat in Bacnotan, La Union, Philippines, January 11, 2023. Jessie is one of the volunteers for CURMA, or Coastal Underwater Resource Management Actions, which has turned sea turtle poachers into its allies by offering them incentives and training, allowing it to save thousands of turtles and their eggs. "I stopped poaching when we underwent training and were taught that what we have been doing was illegal, and that these species of turtles are endangered," he said. "I am overwhelmed with joy when the eggs hatch... I am truly proud." REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez SEARCH "LOPEZ PHILIPPINES TURTLES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.