Giant clam garden put up in Cagayan town

The booming tourism and fisheries industries in this town are expected to grow further as workers from government and private agencies initiated starting last week efforts to enhance the marine ecosystem here via the Reeforestation Project.

Reeforestation, a term coined by proponents of the project by fusing the words reef and forest, involves seeding or placing giant clams in preidentified microsites about 10 feet below the water’s surface and enhanced with transplanted corals to form an underwater scenic spot called a clam garden.

The giant clam garden was established near Palaui island, a 15-minute boat ride from the San Vicente port here.

The first such project in Region 2, reforestation intends to raise the fish population while offering tourists a unique attraction.

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