Playground of giant clams
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The reef is where the baby giant clams are released to grow to adulthood after spending five months in a hatchery at the Bolinao Marine Laboratory (BML) of the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute (UPMSI). From a few breeders reared from larvae and juveniles imported from the Solomon Islands and Australia in 1987, it now boasts of 35,684 adults and 11,209 juveniles, making it the country's largest giant clam sea nursery. Giant clams are also among the creatures listed in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna, an international agreement between governments aimed at ensuring that international trade of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.
Cardinoza, G. (2017, May 7). Playground of giant clams. Philippine Daily Inquirer, pp. A2-1, A2-2.
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Species extinction; Rare species; International agreements; Trade; Clam culture; Ecotourism; Tridacna gigas; Hippopus hippopus; Tridacna derasa; Tridacna squamosa; Tridacna maxima; Tridacna crocea; University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute (UPMSI); Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora; Conaco, Cecilia; Gomez, Edgardo; Curiano, Julio Jr.
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