About the Ebook
On remote coral islands in the tropical Pacific, a race is underway to breed endangered giant clams and save them from extinction. Part plant, part animal, powered by the sun, these reef-dwelling molluscs bend the rules of biology, producing edible protein with astonishing efficiency. Harvested since prehistoric times for their meat and shells, today they face new threats from poachers and growing populations. Marine farming, or mariculture, is making a difference. Here Gerald Heslinga, the father of giant clam farming, explains where it began, why it matters, and how it is being achieved, amid piracy and political strife, in settings both wild and beautiful.
Features & Details
- Category Medicine & Science
- Version Fixed-layout ebook, 222 pgs
- Publish Date Feb 06, 2013
- Last Edit Sep 14, 2017
- Language English
- Tags zooxanthellae, Tridacnidae, aquarium, Kotakinabalu, BungaRaya, reef, coral, symbiosis, Rarotonga, Marshalls, PNG, Indonesia, Melanesia, Micronesia, Polynesia, Philippines, eco-tourism, aquaculture, mariculture, piracy, pirate, Palau, biodiversity, Tridacna
Gerald Heslinga has spent over 30 years developing the sustainable production of endangered coral reef species, heart-healthy seafoods, and marine ornamental organisms through mariculture. He has worked professionally in 18 countries -- for universities, governments, private industry and international agencies. Gerald and his wife Kyoko live in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, where they have owned and operated Indo-Pacific Sea Farms (ipsf.com) since 1995.