Recently Gerald Heslinga gave a Ted Talk in Hawaii to show the potential of giant clams by displaying a world-map of 34 hatcheries in 25 countries as claimed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLie82rfCxU (see map above) Unfortunately this fictional information does not mention that some of these hatcheries are research units or inactive small islands government hatcheries, or that others were closed down long ago. Active giant clam producing hatcheries are numbered about a dozen! (PMDC, Majuro, Kosrae, Cocos Keeling, Okinawa, Vanuatu, Tonga, Fiji, Kiribati, Aitutaki, & ???)
Still, this does not explain why the small aquarium market of 200.000 clams per year worldwide is drastically under supplied and the major seafood markets in Japan, China, Taiwan & Korea are not supplied at all with farmed giant clams?
When all those hatcheries together are, after several decades of being operational, not able to produce collectively 100.000 clams per year, something is seriously deficient, and this is not the fault of the hatcheries but simply because of the many misguided, unpractical & ill adapted techniques developed by the early research facilities are still in use today.
The reality is that In Yap (Micronesia) TMDC founder Phil Dor produced in 2014 well over 2.5 million juvenile clams in under 6 months; then in early 2015 the local Community forcibly took over the hatchery and as expected lost most of this production in also record time. please see this website: news-gallery page & yaps-saga page.
TMDC has herewith shown that large scale commercial farming of giant clams is very feasible and TMDC is now prepared to share the updated nursery techniques with any other interested farming entity; the hatchery techniques will for now not be available for transfer.
TMDC Australian hatchery will produce large numbers of giant clam seeds of T.Gigas & T.Derasa and export them to any CITES approved destination in the world at industry competitive prices of US one cent/mm shell length for MOQ of one million seeds, or 2cts/mm with orders over 500.000, or 3cts/mm for orders over 100.ooo seeds. Other species like T.Crocea, T.Maxima & T. Squamosa seeds will be exported at similar prices only to customers using these species for seafood production. (MOQ conditions will apply)
Once giant clam mariculture becomes main-stream it will develop a market bigger than the present salmon, sea-cucumber and/or abalone markets.
Would you like to get seed-clams for grow-out destined to the limitless Asian seafood markets ?
Clams selected for the aquarium markets will be exported to wholesalers anywhere.