Giant Clams in the HINP

A part of the diverse marine ecosystem that was largely affected by the depletion of the coral reefs in the Hundred Islands National Park (HINP) was the Giant Clams, locally known as Taklobos. This marine resource regarded as the world’s largest bivalve mollusks, their shell length extending over a meter and can weigh over 225 kg, is the faithful ally of the coral reef in supporting the marine life in the Park. Its massive size and interesting hues that gleamed underwater proved to be a magnificent attraction, marveled at by visiting tourists who either dive or snorkel in the area. Its soft flesh is coveted the world over for its delectability.

Historically, Giant clams began to be wiped out through the indiscriminate harvesting of people who intends to profit from selling them as delicacies, and as decorations in aquariums and home ornaments. This was made even worse by illegal fishing.

The City Government of Alaminos through partnership with the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute (UPMSI), did a great help in rehabilitating this vital marine organism thru a reseeding program. To date, about 5,000 pieces of giant clams were successfully protected that provides additional attraction of the HINP.