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Thank you National Parks Board for the opportunity to share our giant clam research work with Channel NewsAsia! On Singapore Tonight, the Spotlight was on the Sisters’ Islands Marine Park and their conservation activities. Watch the video to find out more about our marine park initiatives. πŸ˜€

In the interview, I shared about how we re-discovered the presence of the largest giant clam – Tridacna gigas in Singapore, and our programme to reintroduce the species. To do this, we are working with our research partners in the Bolinao Marine Laboratory, Philippines. They have been culturing and reintroducing stocks of T. gigas all over the Philippines.

Since we do not have any T. gigas stocks in Singapore, we brought in cultured specimens (with known genetic lineages) for reintroduction. The clams were conditioned for approximately 2 years in the hatchery, and six individuals have been released earlier this year for trial transplantation. πŸ™‚

NB: The interview transcript mentioned ‘harvest’ but to clarify, we do not harvest the clams within the hatchery. We house them. πŸ™‚ Thank you!
Reintroduction of giant clams in Singapore waters. (Photos by author)