Giant clams ‘re-wilding’ waters near Semirara mine site
It so happens the Consunji-led company has discovered a way to prepare the future of both its host communities and island environment, even if it’s one borne out of coal mine operations.
In 2006, the company released 150 pieces of the Tridacna gigas, an endangered species of giant clams, near the waters of Panian mine on Semirara Island in Caluya, Antique province. Citing research, the firm says these giant clams cannot thrive in polluted waters, thus serving as an indicator of the health of the bodies of water near the mine.
Little did management know the reseeding activity would eventually present the company an opportunity to contribute to the conservation of the endangered giant clams and to the rehabilitation of the reefs in the area—mitigating the mine’s impact on the lives of the people and the environment.
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