|The southern coastal Ba Ria-Vung Tau provinces water police have seized 150 giant shells from a local fishing ship.— VNA/VNS Photo
BA RIA-VUNG TAU (VNS) ─The southern coastal Ba Ria-Vung Tau provinces water police have seized 150 giant shells from a local fishing ship.
Each shell measures about 0.6 to 1.2 metres across. The biggest shell weighs more than 70kg.
The shells are believed to be of giant clams, one of the most endangered clam species.
The police brought the shells ashore yesterday and asked the authorised agencies to test them to see whether they are of the giant clam or not.
The exploitation of the giant clam, scientifically calledTridacna gigas,has been banned asit is listed asa rare and endangered species by Viet Nam and the International Union for Conservation of Nature.—VNS