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The shrinking presence of giant clams: Transpacific partnerships to restore an ocean giant

with Paolo Marra-Biggs,
Dept of Marine Biology, UH Mānoa
Dr. Rob Toonen,
Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology, UH Mānoa

Join us in person
on October 3, 2023, 12:00 pm
at the Hawaiʻi Institute of Geophysics (HIG) building, room 210, on the UH Mānoa campus.
A free lunch will be available for the first 25 participants.

Or to participate remotely via zoom, follow the registration link below.

Dappled light plays across a semi-opened clam shell with speckled yellow flesh showing along the shell lips.
Although known for their beauty and enormous size, giant clams are facing a silent crisis. Populations are declining across the globe, causing conservation concerns for these bottom-dwelling behemoths. This is especially true in Rose Atoll Marine National Monument, part of American Samoa, where historically high population densities have mysteriously collapsed. A transpacific collaboration between the University of Hawai‘i and local agencies in American Samoa aim to conduct a comprehensive population assessment and genetic study of these ocean giants across the archipelago. In this seminar, Paolo Marra-Biggs will talk about the ongoing research to identify current species and examine population connectivity in the region, including some of the project highlights and the importance of multi-partner collaboration for the restoration and sustainable management of these crucial marine species.

Join us for this next seminar of the “Slice of PI-CASC” seminar series hosted by the Pacific Islands Climate Adaptation Science Center! The series is designed for a wide audience to learn about climate adaptation research and science-to-management applications for Hawaiʻi, the US-Affiliated Pacific Islands, and beyond.

Seminar recording: Coming soon!