Once extinct in the Philippines, giant clams are getting a boost from a dedicated giant clam nursery called the Bolinao Marine Laboratory located in Arnedo, Bolinao, Pangasinan. The marine laboratory is also involved in coral reef restoration thru in-vitro culturing of corals. Another project that the UP-MSI is engaged in is the breeding and culturing of sea urchins and sea cucumbers which have an ...
important role in the ecosystem. BML also sets up marine protected areas for coral and sea grass conservation.
Bolinao Giant Clam Sanctuary News
How to take care of giant clams. Video by Noy Morcso and Rem Zamora/editing by Noy Morcoso/Interviewed by Gabriel Cardinoza.
For three decades now, the shallow reef surrounding Silaqui Island in the northernmost tip of this town in Pangasinan province has been a silent witness to the growth of thousands of giant clams, locally known as "taklobo."
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 1 ...
Beyond its pristine white-sand beaches, the coastal town of Bolinao in western Pangasinan has more to offer to visitors.
Tourists can explore Bolinao's caves and coral beds, learn about its history and culture, or enjoy a cruise with lunch on Balingasay River.
Bolinao, facing the West Philippine Sea and with a population of 75,000, is at the end of a four-and-a-half-hour drive from Metro Manila. Buses take tourists to the town on runs that take five and a half hours.
Although the Pangasinan and Ilocano languages are widely spoken in Bolinao, the town has its own language, Bolinao or B ...
My mom, Jon & I went snorkeling in Bolinao to see the giant clams. The water was a bit murky but you could still see hundreds if not thousands of giant clams. That was pretty awesome. It was also my mom's first time to snorkel and drink salt water.
In the many endeavors I would be pursuing from here on end, we will be dwelling on the ideals of ECOTOURISM. It is a form of sustainable tourism within a natural and /or cultural heritage area where community participation, protection and management of natural resources, culture and indigenous knowledge and practices,
Environmental education and ethics, as well as economic benefits are fostered and pursued for the enrichment of host community and satisfaction of visitors. Such is our ecotour of the town of Bolinao, Pangasinan. My first marine expedition for 2015 is this visit to Silaqui ...
The giant clam, Tridacna gigas (known as pā'ua in Cook Islands Māori), is the largest living bivalve mollusc. T. gigas is one of the most endangered clam species. It was mentioned as early as 1825 in scientific reports. One of a number of large clam species native to the shallow coral reefs of the South Pacific and Indian oceans, they can weigh more than 200 kilograms (440 lb) measure as much as 120 cm (47 in) across, and have an average lifespan in the wild of 100 years or more. They are also found off the shores of the Philippines, where they are called taklobo. T. gigas lives in f ...