By PR | 10:00 PM November 21, 2023
A new home awaits 151 giant clams when they were transferred to the Bingag Marine Sanctuary which hopefully will provide a secure habitat to protect them from threats and degradation.
The juvenile clams (scientific name: tridacna gigas) were transferred last Nov. 13 through a collaboration among the Bohol Provincial Environment Management Office (BPEMO) through its coastal Resource Management division, TaRSIER 117, Amun Ini Beach Resort and Spa in Candabong, Anda; the Philippine Maritime Police Group-Tagbilaran, the local government units of Anda and Dauis, Bingag Dapdap Fishermen Organization (BIDAFO), and officials of barangay Bingag.
The marine species were originally hosted by the Bohol Giant Clam Hatchery in Sinandigan, Ubay, but were transferred to Amun Ini after typhoon “Odette” struck the province in 2021.
In their new home, the giant clams can fasten themselves in their new habitat where they will stay for the rest of their lives.
Giant clams have a significant role in marine ecology, serving as filters in maintaining water clarity through their filter-feeding, provide habitats for other marine organisms, and strengthening reefs by providing calcium carbonate to their foundations. (BPEMO/PIMO)