Police officers, PCG grasp P250-M endangered clams in Palawan
MANILA – Authorities seized about 15 lots of fossilized massive clam shells, identified in the community as “taklobo”, in a joint maritime legislation enforcement operation in Palawan previous this week.
In a Facebook put up on Thursday, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) mentioned the enormous clam shells, valued at about PHP250 million, had been discovered on the King’s Paradise Island Resort in Barangay Panitian within the the city of Sofronio Española on Monday.
“The suspects were identified as Eulogio Josos Togonon, Totong Josos, Nonoy Guliman, and Vilmor Pajardo – all residents of Barangay Iraray, Sofronio Espaniola, Palawan. However, only Togonon was apprehended during the operations,” the PCG mentioned.
The native executive of Barangay Panitian took custody of the confiscated massive clam shells whilst the arrested suspect used to be dropped at the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) for inquest court cases and submitting of fees.
It mentioned the suspect used to be knowledgeable that he violated Section 27 of Republic Act (RA) 9147 or the “Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act”.
The joint legislation enforcement operation used to be undertaken by way of the PCG Intelligence Group – Palawan, PCG Station Brooke’s Point, DF-332, Naval Intelligence and Security Group – West, PCSD, and the Philippine National Police – Maritime Group.
According to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, the marketing of big clams (Tridacna gigas) is illegal below RA 10654 or “An Act to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing” that amended RA 8550 or “The Philippine Fisheries of 1998”.
The massive clam is thought of as one of the vital endangered clam species on the planet. It fills the function of filter out feeders that blank pollution from the water as they ingest algae or plankton. (PNA)