The trochus resource in New Caledonia

New Caledonia, which is surrounded by one of the largest lagoons in the world, is a good reservoir of the Pacific species of trochus (Trochus niloticus). The shell of this large marine gastropod yields one of the thickest, most beautiful mother-of-pearls available on the world market. This article gives a brief account of the trochus resource found in the island.

Biology and culture of cockles (Anadarinids)

Anadarinids are marine bivalve molluscs harvested commercially and on a subsistence basis in many warm temperate to tropical countries. They are frequently called mangrove cockles, blood cockles or simply cockles, although true cockles belong to a different bivalve family. In Asia the anadarinid cockles are known locally as kerang (Malay), hoy kreng (Thai) and si-ham (Cantonese). This article gives a brief account of the culture and biology of cockles in the Asian region.

Successful introduction of mussels to Padre Burgos, Philippines

The introduction of green mussels (Perna viridis ) is Padre viridis) in Padre Burgos, Philippines, is described. Spat settlement, although small so far, is a strong positive indication that mussel culture is feasible in the area. Upon successful completion of the project, the results will be used to set up guidelines for other sites not yet obtaining spat settlement and also to assist in locating other areas suitable for mussel culture.

Stimulating investment in pearl farming in Solomon Islands: Final report

The overall objective of the project is the reduction of poverty in rural areas of Solomon Islands through creation of livelihoods based on sustainable aquaculture. This fits within the over-arching goals of the WorldFish Center in the Pacific to reduce poverty and hunger in rural communities, and with the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) to stimulate rural development and to develop aquaculture.

Preliminary estimates of growth parameters for three commercial bivalve species of Peru (Gari solida, Anlacomya ater and Semele solida)

The parameters of the von Bertalanffy growth equation were estimated, mainly from size-frequency data, for three commercially exploited Peruvian bivalves, Gari solida, Aulacomya ater and Semele solida, collected by divers from "Bahia de Independencia", Pisco, Peru from November 1986 to September 1987 and from January to September 1990. Some related information on the three bivalves in question are also presented.

Phylogeography of a pearl oyster (Pinctada maxima) across the Indo-Australian Archipelago: evidence of strong regional structure and population expansions but no phylogenetic breaks

This study investigates the genetic structure and phylogeography of a broadcast spawning bivalve mollusc, Pinctada maxima, throughout the Indo-West Pacific and northern Australia. DNA sequence variation of the mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase subunit I (COI) gene was analysed in 367 individuals sampled from nine populations across the Indo-West Pacific.

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