The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has seized a total of 324 PIECES OF GIANT CLAM SHELLS weighing 80 TONS with an approximate market value of 160 MILLION PESOS at Barangay VI, Johnson Island, Roxas, Palawan on 03 March 2021.
Aside from the PCG, the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff (PCSDS), Marine Battalion Landing Team 3 (MBLT-3), and Bantay Dagat Roxas also supported the operation.
Harvesting endangered giant clams locally known as 'taklobo' is prohibited under Republic Act No. 10654 or The Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998. Violators shall be penalized with an administrative fine of up to THREE MILLION PESOS and suffer imprisonment of up to EIGHT YEARS.
Before terminating the operation, the joint law enforcement team also discovered 124 PIECES OF ILLEGALLY CUT MANGROVE TREES in the area that were also confiscated for violating Presidential Decree No. 705 or the Forestry Reform Code of the Philippines.