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Alcala Reports Oil Spill Put Giant Clams in Danger
September 18, 2006 - Seaspan
By Polita Glynn

At the current rate of the southwest monsoon, the MV Solar I Guimaras Strait oil spill could hit the giant clams abundant in the Sagay Marine Reserve, marine biologist Dr. Angel Alcala said yesterday. "These are the last of the endangered giant clams of the Visayan Sea; more than 20 years of preservation work at the Sagay Marine Reserve will go down the drain if the oil spill hits it," Alcala said. The giant clams (Tridacna squamosa, Hippopus hippopus, Tridacna crocea, Tridacna gigas, Tridacta maxima) described to be among the largest clams in the world, grow algae in their bodies, Mayo Antonio Cueva, Sagay Marine Reserve superintendent, said. The algae providethe clams with food through photosynthesis. They are globally endangered and it is illegal to gather and sell them, Cueva said.

Source: Carla Gomez, Visayan Daily Star, 24 August 2006

Report on Guimaras Island Oil Spill Visayas, Phili (doc)

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