However, when the bats returned to mate in the puka shell
roost site in April 2018, during the closure, their home, the trees, were gone resulting in what the group described as 'disturbingly low counts' on April 5, 2019.
Other marine fauna found on what DENR officials describe as 'relatively pristine waters of Puka Shell
Beach' are sea stars, sea urchins, butterflyfish, moon wrasses, zigzag wrasses, damselfishes and coral colonies.
Sampulna directed the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office in Aklan to verify a report of the group Friends of the Flying Foxes (FFF) that an area near the Puka Shell
beach in the village of Yapak was cleared by a private developer.
This is to protect three species of flying foxes, also called fruit bats, cave-dwelling insect bats, and marine turtles that frequent its beaches, particularly the Puka Shell
Lervik said the Puka shell
beach should also be protected as more tourists have been drawn to the area due to its natural beauty and pristine beach.
Cimatu is set to sign an administrative order declaring a 750-hectare portion of the island's forest over limestone and coastal waters, including the famous Puka Shell
Beach, a 'critical habitat,' which is one of the management measures under the Wildlife Resources Protection and Conservation Act for areas with threatened wildlife that are outside protected areas.
ILOILO CITY -- The construction of a posh resort near what environment advocates said is the only untouched portion of Boracay, Puka Shell
Beach, will remain suspended until issues had been resolved over its application for an environmental compliance certificate (ECC), according to both the developer and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
Also to be protected with the declaration of the Boracay Critical Habitat are unique beaches like the Puka Shell
Beach, nesting marine turtles-such as the hawksbill and green turtles-and several puka shells
like spider shell, lambis and dupella snail.
The project has drawn controversy because it is being constructed adjacent to Puka Shell
Beach in Yapak.
Meanwhile, the DENR chief has ordered newly designated Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) chief, Director Crisanta Marlene Rodriguez, to pick up the pace and start working to save the Puka shell
Cimatu underscored the need to declare certain areas on Boracay as a critical habitat, particularly those near the Shangri-La Boracay and the Puka Shell
Beach, to restore Boracay's ecological integrity.
The petition is calling for the protection of the Puka Shell
Beach and the forest around it in the northern tip of the 1,032-hectare Boracay.
'We think it's fantastic that finally, the DENR is planning to protect the amazing beach forests of Boracay and Puka Shell
Beach, and to create protected forest areas in all the remaining forest of the island, and to declare marine sanctuaries in some areas.
Recommended to be declared or designated as critical habitat under Republic Act (RA) 9147, or the Wildlife Resources Protection and Conservation Act, or simply Wildlife Act, are all the remaining limestone forests on the island, the Puka Shell
Beach, all bat-roosting sites and one of four existing wetlands on the island.
Boracay is home to the puka shell
, a unique shell to which one of the famous beaches was named after-the Puka Shell