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Sherry Lyn Sayco, researcher at UPMSI, said in mixed Filipino and English, 'Giant clams are important because they have many ecological significance, habitat and food for some of the marine animals.
In order to bring it back, UPMSI, under the leadership of National Scientist Dr.
The MFI and WPU were in charge of breeding 9.5 million eggs that were fertilized from the Palawan native giant clams while the UPMSI supervised the project.
Citing a nationwide survey in the 1980s, UPMSI said scientists discovered that the three largest species of local giant clams have virtually gone extinct.
gigas, which were collected from the giant clam ocean nursery of UPMSI near Silaqui Island, Bolinao, Pangasinan, with a shell length of 12.88 [+ or -] 0.07 cm and wet weight of 348.89 [+ or -] 8.38 g.
It also benefits people because it helps increase fish density,' said Sherry Lyn Sayco, UPMSI researcher.
Since early May, researchers have been collecting gametes that would develop into larvae, or fertilized coral eggs, to replenish the coral reefs of the Hundred Islands National Park (HINP) and other systems in western Pangasinan, said Elizabeth Gomez, a UPMSI researcher.
In the early 1980s, Edgardo Gomez, UPMSI founder and former director, started the giant-clam culture and restocking efforts through an Australian Center for International Agricultural Research-funded project.
Removing the remaining tentacles carefully and immersing the affected areas in hot water for 45 minutes will also deactivate the venom, the UPMSI said.
The UPMSI nursery is not open to tourists, so the institute transferred the clams to the municipal governments giant clam nursery to enable visitors to see them.
Although it is not specified in the plan, it is presumed that the hatchery will be constructed along or near a shore," said a comment signed by UPMSI Deputy Director Ronald Villanueva.
The University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute (UPMSI) and Haribon Foundation helped residents see the value of reforesting the mangrove areas.
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