World Turtle News, 06/05/2018
No slow days for turtle expert despite retirement
Unlike the marine turtles that he had spent years studying, Romeo Trono has apparently never had slow days—even in retirement.
Contemplating the sunset by the beach while sipping rum mixed with Coke, Trono, 59, could easily be mistaken for a laid-back hippie, what with his long tousled hair and beaded bracelets.
His musings about life reinforce that impression.
“They say a man has to be able to do four things in life: sire a child to carry his name, plant a tree, build a home and write a book,” Trono said. “It makes me wonder when I’ll be able to do [the fourth],” he added.
But the man known in the marine conservation community as the “pawikan (marine turtle) expert” remains deeply committed to turtle conservation 36 years since he led a team of young biologists from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in the Pawikan Project on Baguan Island, part of the Turtle Islands in Tawi-Tawi province, Mindanao.
Turtle conservation was “unpopular” at the time, no thanks to very little scientific research available. Poaching was rampant and local government officials were on the take.
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