CEZA seeds 123 giant clams in Palaui Island
Tuguegarao City (16 June) -- Some 123 giant clams were seeded in the demo site area at Punta Verde, Palaui Island, Sta. Ana, Cagayan as a technique of reef rehabilitation and restoration by the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA), Department of Tourism (DOT) and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).
DOT Regional Dir. Blessida Diwa said DOT has provided 500,000 pesos as seed fund for the giant clam-seeding project in the area that aims to rehabilitate and restore the reefs and to attract tourists to visit the promising island.
"The giant clams will be one of the unique attractions in this site and will give a plus factor in an exciting vacationing in this island," Diwa said.
Ms. Chen Mensias, Tourism Planning Consultant of CEZA, said the giant clams were gathered in the coastal zones of Sta. Ana with 3 species.
Mensias stated that giant clams form an integral part in the coral reef's ecosystem and at the same time plays a vital role in tourism aspect.
In the process of seeding, the volunteers numbered each clam for identity before the divers put it in the identified area at Punta Verde.
Mr. Venchito Villarao of BFAR said the giant clams are free from red tide because they were just gathered within the coastal areas of Cagayan.
Villarao thanked DOT and CEZA for initiating the clam seeding and coral transplantation to save and protect the marine ecosystem.
"This is the first time that we do this project in the region that's why this will be an actual observation study on the behavior, reproduction and species of giant clams and it will also contribute in the restoration and beautification of the coral reefs," Villarao said.
The group has coordinated with the Philippine Navy in the area to be responsible in taking care of the demo site and advocated to the communities to protect the area. (Ver/PIA-Cagayan) [top]