MANILA - Chinese fishermen are believed to be the top poachers not only in the Philippines but in the waters of other countries. Their targets are Hawksbill sea turtles, or the pawikan.
The Hawksbill turtles are the gentlest of sea creatures.
However, the lucrative marine turtle trade has made the pawikan the most critically endangered among the 5 marine turtle species found in the Philippines.
The Philippines sits in the Coral Triangle of 6 countries, considered the richest marine area in the world....