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8 January 2013

© Franklin J. Viola 2013  All Rights Reserved.

Low Tide / Orpheus Island, Australia

In the early 1980's, the Giant Clam Hatchery at the
Republic of Palau's Micronesian Mariculture
Demonstration Center (MMDC) became the first laboratory
in the world to achieve successful commercial-scale
mass production of Tridacna Clams.

 Along with the giant clam mariculture project at Australia's
James Cook University (Orpheus Island Research Station),
MMDC played a central role in the transfer of Tridacna
breeding technology throughout the tropical Indo-Pacific region
for use as a food resource, as well as the restocking
of giant clams into overharvested reefs.



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