The Palau Marine Culture Demonstration (PMDC) facility is expected to boost its annual clam production over four times than it used to have following the completion of its renovation last September.
PMDC, which is set to open in November, is expected to produce 500,000 clam spats annually once it becomes fully operational, according to the monthly report of the Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment, and Tourism (MNRET).
The facility will focus its production on Tridacna Derasa, also known as the Southern Giant Clam, a popular food species.
The report also cited that out of the 50 clam farms in Palau, only 10 are fully active hence, it is also part of the objectives of the facility to support clam farms in Palau in improving their production.
Among the special features of the facility are the installed solar panels on its western and eastern roofs that are capable of providing electricity for the facility during daytime operations.
The PMDC facility’s renovation was funded by the $5.9-Million from Japan’s Overseas Development Aid. The project was also conducted through consultation with Japan’s Fisheries Engineering Co. Ltd. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)