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KOROR, Palau (Palau Horizon, April 28) — Palau is negotiating
with France, Germany and other European nations for the possible export of live
giant clams being grown in the Palau Mariculture Demonstration Center.

Anna Aichi, the Center’s administrative assistant, said they are
still waiting for a response from France and Germany.

She said the Center, headed by Obichang Orak, has been in
contact with companies in European countries since February.

At present, she said, the U.S., Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and
China are among the countries importing marine species from Palau such as soft
corals and giant clams. Aichi said the U.S. is one of the largest markets.

For the first quarter of the current fiscal year, the Center
sold 810 shells worth $3,756; 193 giant clams worth $968; and 613 pieces of clam
meat for $1,327.

Aichi said if negotiations are successful, Palau would export
200,000 live giant clams to France and Germany.

She said the owner of Clams Direct in the U.S. also have
expressed interest in purchasing about 50,000 giant clams from Palau.

Aichi said Mark Kurtz, a businessman from the Solomon Islands,
referred Palau to Barry Neigut, owner of Clams Direct.

She said Kurtz learned about Palau’s cultivation of clams when
he came here for a diving vacation a few weeks ago.

April 28, 2003

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