News – PH – Giant clams worth P160M seized in Palawan raid


‘ BIGGEST HAUL ‘A raid carried out by members of the Coast Guard and the Philippine Marines along with local officials finds a crop of the endangered “taklobo” or giant clam on Johnson Island off Palawan on Wednesday The giant clam is the largest mussel in the world and is considered an endangered species – POSTER PHOTO

Around 80 tons of taklobo or giant clams were confiscated by the authorities on an island off the coastal city of Roxas in the province of Palawan, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said on Friday

The PCG said 324 pieces of giant clams – a treasure that could fetch around 160 million pesetas on the black market – were recovered in a multi-home raid by the Coast Guard, Philippine Marines and local environmental officials in Barangay VI , Johnson, was performed Island, on Wednesday

“Harvesting endangered giant clams is forbidden under [the law], “the PCG said in a statement, adding that those who collect the mollusks can spend up to three years in prison and pay a fine of 3 million pesetas

The island’s village chief is charged with poaching for overseeing illegal collection, said Jovic Fabello, spokesman for the provincial government’s conservation council

It probably took locals six months to a year to amass the 80-ton pile, a Coast Guard spokesman told Agence France-Presse (AFP)

LOCAL SECRET REVEALED According to a spokesman for the Philippine Coast Guard, it may have taken six months to a year for locals on an island off Palawan to pile up the pile of giant clamshells that authorities recovered from a raid on Wednesday – POST PHOTO / p>

The raid team also confiscated 124 mangrove trees that were illegally felled from a coastal village.The Tridacna gigas or giant clam, locally known as taklobo, is the largest clam in the world. It has been on the International Union for Conservation’s Red List since 1996 classified as an endangered species by nature

The clams are also among the creatures covered by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna, an international agreement between governments designed to ensure that international trade in wild animals and plants does not survive endangered

The province of Palawan is considered the country’s last frontier for biodiversity and a hot spot in the illegal wildlife trade Pangolins, sea turtles and wild birds are poached and sold illegally

The taklobo, which can grow a shell up to 1.4 meters long, was considered practically extinct earlier in the 1980s as locals gathered randomly for food and mussels

According to the Republic Act No. 10654 or the Philippine Fisheries Code, it is illegal to harvest, sell, buy or transport the giant clams

While the clams are being sought for the meat, the clams have been valued as an alternative material for jewelry, chandeliers, religious icons, and other products, attracting smugglers who have turned to endangered species as a substitute for the illegal ivory trade – with reports from AFP and Inquirer Research

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News – PH – Giant clams worth P160M were confiscated in a raid in Palawan
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