Social media post is circulating of 2 police officers allegedly caught poaching turtles within Koror State’s Ngederrak Conservation Area last Friday, August 6, 2021.
The post says that one of the officers is an officer assigned to President Security Detail and the other is K9 Customs Officer. The post is being shared extensively on social media.
When reached for verification, Bureau of Public Safety Director Ishmael Aguon said that Fish & Wildlife is still investigating the “incident” and no other information was available at this time.
Meanwhile, Koror State Department of Conservation and Law Enforcement is issuing a public notice informing people that Ngederrak Conservation Area is one of the seven marine protected areas of Koror with restrictions including “No Entry, No Boats, No Disturbance, No Removal and No Harvesting of any plant of animal life”.
It says that Ngederrak is “unique marine habitat and an oasis for critically and endangered species (Dugong, Giant Clams, Napoleon Wrase, Green Turtle and Hawksbil Turtle) and that poachers will be prosecuted.
Names of alleged poachers are not known as of this publication but investigation is said to be ongoing.