Tridacna gigas, commonly referred in the trade as Gigas clam, has been out of the trade for well over a decade. It was declared an endangered species and protected by the Endangered Species Act due to illegal poaching by Chinese fishermen. People often wondered when and if we would be able to see these majestic “giant clams” both in the wild and in our trade again. A few weeks ago, I received a call from ORA (Oceans, Reefs & Aquariums), telling me that they had successfully aquacultured these highly rare Gigas Clam, grown them out to a respectable size, and had them successfully landed and properly acclimated. I drove up to ORA in order to report to you guys first hand how things went down!
This is another successful case of aquaculture bridging the worlds of science, hobby, and conservation! We are living in exciting times indeed!