Shell Clubs and Institutions

Shell Clubs are a well-founded tradition in our shell subculture, both in the U.S and around the world, and seemingly a necessary adjunct to the hobby. They are groups, each with its own focus and personality, which answer the need of shell enthusiasts to come together for enrichment, discussion and stimulation of their interest in shells. Activities run the gamut from fund-raising raffles, auctions and shell shows to beach cleanups, sponsorship of scholarships in malacology, and field collecting and observation trips. Many publish a periodic newsletter. Shell clubs are a fixture in most large coastal cities and many others are located in the American heartland.

Malacological societies are primarily oriented toward professional malacologists and serious amateurs. More emphasis is placed on the animal and its biology and phylogenetic relationships, and less on the shell. Most malacological societies include and welcome amateurs -- indeed, America's societies originated, in part, with amateurs.

ASTRONAUT TRAIL SHELL CLUB - Florida

contact: lychee@cfl.rr.com
webpage: pw1.netcom.com/~ejpower/atsc.html / facebook


BOSTON MALACOLOGICAL CLUB - Boston, MA

contact: membership@bostonmalclub.org, webmaster@bostonmalclub.org
webpage: www.bostonmalclub.org / facebook


BROWARD SHELL CLUB - Florida, USA

contact: Richard Sedlak / 954-296-5633 / sedlaki1@comcast.net
webpage: www.browardshellclub.org / facebook


CENPENN BEACHCOMBERS - Central Pennsylvania

contact: johnwolff@ieee.org
webpage: www.cenpennbeachcombers.org / facebook


ENGLEWOOD SHELL CLUB - Florida

contact: Brenda Steele escpez@gmail.com
webpage: www.englewoodshellclub.club


GULF COAST SHELL CLUB - Panama City, Florida

contact:
webpage: gulfcoastshellclub.weebly.com / facebook


HAWAIIAN MALACOLOGICAL SOCIETY - Honolulu

contact: Thorsson@hits.net
webpage: home.att.net/~w.thorsson/index.html


HOUSTON CONCHOLOGY SOCIETY - Houston, Texas

contact: lclampit@comcast.net
webpage: www.houstonshellclub.com


JACKSONVILLE SHELL CLUB - Jacksonville, FL

contact: shells@hglee.com
webpage: www.jaxshells.org/jsc.html / facebook


NORTH ALABAMA SHELL CLUB - Huntsville, Alabama, USA

contact: gmdeuel@knology.net
webpage: sites.google.com/site/northalshellclub/home


NORTH CAROLINA SHELL CLUB - North Carolina

contact: eshuller@mindspring.com
webpage: ncshellclub.com / facebook


OREGON SOCIETY OF CONCHOLOGISTS - Portland, Oregon

contact: oregonshells@yahoo.com
webpage: www.oregonshellclub.com


PACIFIC CONCHOLOGICAL CLUB - California

contact: pcc.001@verizon.net
webpage: www.pacific-conch-club.org


PACIFIC NORTHWEST SHELL CLUB - Seattle, Washington

contact: pnwsc@comcast.net
webpage: www.pnwsc.org / facebook


SAN ANTONIO SHELL CLUB - San Antonio, Texas

contact: houghpt@sbcglobal@net
webpage: www.sashellclub.org / facebook


SAN DIEGO SHELL CLUB - San Diego, CA

contact:
webpage: sandiegoshellclub.com / facebook


SANIBEL CAPTIVA SHELL CLUB - Florida, USA

contact: Kathy Kapp: katekapp@icloud.com
webpage: sites.google.com/site/thesanibelcaptivashellclub / facebook


SARASOTA SHELL CLUB - Sarasota, Florida

contact: sarasotashellclub@gmail.com
webpage: www.sarasotashellclub.com / facebook


SEA SHELL SEARCHERS - Brazoria County, Texas

contact: shellman7000@sbcglobal.net
webpage: www.seashellsearchers.org


ST. PETERSBURG SHELL CLUB - St. Pete Beach, FL

contact: John Jacobs at the club email: stpeteshellclub@gmail.com
webpage: www.stpeteshellclub.org / facebook


SUNCOAST CONCHOLOGISTS - Palm Harbor, Florida

contact: CEShell@aol.com
webpage: www.suncoastconchologists.org / facebook


THE AMERICAN MALACOLOGICAL SOCIETY - Arlington, Virginia

contact: scook919@msn.com
webpage: www.malacological.org / facebook


THE BAILEY-MATTHEWS SHELL MUSEUM - Sanibel, Florida

contact: (239) 395-2233
webpage: www.shellmuseum.org / facebook


THE PHILADELPHIA SHELL CLUB - Philadelphia, PA

contact: phillyshellclub@gmail.com
webpage: www.phillyshellclub.org / facebook

CONQUILIOLOGISTAS DO BRASIL - São Paulo, Brasil

contact: info@conchasbrasil.org.br
webpage: www.conchasbrasil.org.br / facebook


Sociedad Malacológica del Uruguay - Uruguay

webpage: www.smdu.org.uy / facebook

ASSOCIATION FRANCAISE DE CONCHYLIOLOGIE (AFC) - France

contact: daniel.gratecap@wanadoo.fr
webpage: www.xenophora.org / facebook


ROYAL BELGIAN MALACOLOGICAL SOCIETY - Belgium

contact: Claude VILVENS (President): vilvens.claude@skynet.be
webpage: www.societe-belge-de-malacologie.be


BRITISH SHELL COLLECTORS' CLUB -

contact: john@whicher.plus.com
webpage: www.britishshellclub.org / facebook


SOCIEDAD ESPAÑOLA DE MALACOLOGÍA (SEM) - Madrid, Spain

contact: malacologia-sem.es/contact-us/sem-webmaster
webpage: malacologia-sem.es / facebook


SOCIETÀ ITALIANA DI MALACOLOGIA - Napoli, Italy

contact: paolo.crovato@fastwebnet.it
webpage: www.societaitalianadimalacologia.it / facebook

CONCHOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF SOUTH AFRICA - Pretoria, South Africa

contact: Mr. Jurie Matthee rhrailway@mweb.co.za
webpage: www.conchsocietysouthafrica.co.za / facebook

The Malacological Society of Japan - Ibaraki, Japan

contact: msj_manager@hotmail.com
webpage: www.malaco-soc-japan.org/en_index.html


The Malacological Society of Taiwan - Taiwan, China

contact: www.shelltaiwan.com/contact
webpage: www.shelltaiwan.com / facebook

AUCKLAND Shell Club - Auckland, New Zealand

contact: n.hudson@auckland.ac.nz
webpage: www.aucklandshellclub.net.nz / facebook


THE SYDNEY SHELL COLLECTORS CLUB INC - Sydney, Australia

contact: secretary@sydneyshellclub.net
webpage: www.sydneyshellclub.net / facebook