Few years ago, Bali especially Serangan Island is considered turtle killing field by international society. This is because some people like to consume turtle flesh. Some of the turtles were also sold to others in the name of ceremony. Nowadays, the nickname is already changed and the island is now considered as the place for turtle conservation. One of the efforts to conserve the turtle is done in Serangan through Turtle Conservation and Education Centre (TCEC).
The Head of TCEC, Wayan Geria said that through the centre was established in 2004 and since it keeps on conserving the rare animal. He explained that 70% of the turtles in the centre is released into the wild and the rest is kept for education and tourism.
TCEC is also a place to preserve the tradition and the Hindu in Bali. When the Hindus need turtles for ceremony, they can request it there. However, the number of turtles needed for ceremony is very small so it is not possible that the turtles can extinct because of the ceremony.
Geria said that the centre receive around 200 request for the turtle meat every year which is being used for ceremony. “The use of the turtle for ceremony is very small in number. We only give permit up to 100 turtles a year. If compare to the area outside Bali where commonly they consume 100 turtles a day, the use of turtle flesh in Bali is very small,” he added.
He stated that the centre is selected the request very carefully. One of the most important conditions that they must have is the permit from Natural Conservation department Bali. In addition, the turtles must be not more than 20 cm long.
Meanwhile, another turtle lover, Wayan Raga, said that the presentation of the use of the turtle in Bali is very small. The director of PT Citra Taman Penyu in Serangan Village explained that every year, there are 35 requests for ceremony and more than 100 turtle for the ritual of releasing them into the wild. (BTN/kmb)