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Taiwan Quick Take: Giant clam roaster fined

A Taiwanese tourist has been fined for netting and roasting a protected giant clam in a famous Philippine national park known as Hundred Islands, law enforcement sources said yesterday. A man surnamed Tsai was caught on Saturday while roasting the giant clam at a beach on Quezon Island, one of the main islands that form the Hundred Islands National Park facing the South China Sea. According to a Philippine law passed in 1998, giant clams are a protected species. Under Philippine national parks management regulations, visitors can touch the giant clams or take pictures of them, but they are not allowed to gather them for consumption. Tsai was arrested by park rangers and later released after paying a fine of 40,000 pesos (US$776). Giant clams are a major attraction at the Hundred Islands National Park, which boasts more than 7,000 of the clams. The park is one of the Philippines' foremost tourist attractions.

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