In Hainan (China), the city of Tanmen has developed a US$ 400 million/year shell-craft industry based on old giant-clam shells recovered by fishermen from the seabed of the South China Sea and left there several decades ago by poachers harvesting these clams for their adductor muscle destined to the Taiwan seafood market. These discarded shells are now converted into the most exquisite handy-crafts ever seen.
The 500 retail shops and 100 small factories servicing this amazing industry are relying on an enormous stockpile of shells collected over the last 10 years, but this resource is now practically exhausted and the long-term survival of tens of thousands of workers will be depending on Hainan starting as soon as possible their own aquaculture of giant clams.
In early April, the representatives of the Hainan shell-craft industry, the seafood industry and the Government research station held a seminar about how to start the artificial propagation of giant clams. Because brood-stock of most species is not available anymore in Hainan waters, it was decided that seed-clams would first be imported from our new Australian hatchery being set-up in Timor Leste before the next breeding season.
We will also provide all Hainan interested parties with free technology transfer for the nursery grow-out of giant clams at sea.
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