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The War on Giant Clams

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While China has a poor conservation reputation -- shark finning just one example --- the USA and China have recently agreed to clamp down on the trade in ivory. However, another species is threatened. Giant clamshells made of calcium carbonate and streaked with green or gold, weighing up to 450 pounds each, have become a new quarry for fishermen on the southern island of Hainan and elsewhere. Although the provincial government banned the harvesting of giant clams last year, smugglers still get them over the border, even carved into shapes like bracelets, soap dishes and bookends, so liked by the Chinese....


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