COA AND CONSERVATION
A Code of Ethics for Collectors
of Live Shells
As suggested by
the Jacksonville Shell Club, 1964
I realize that mollusks are part
of our precious natural wildlife and need the conscientious
efforts of man to prevent extinction in the future. Therefore,
in order to do my part, I will practice the following conservation
- In order to preserve shell
habitats and to keep all good areas from being "shelled
out," I will replace to their former position all objects
turned or moved back to look for shells. I will always leave
every shelling spot as undisturbed as possible. I do realize
that the balance of nature is delicate and everything depends
upon other kinds of life for its existence.
- I will not collect live egg
cases unless they are to be used for study and in that case
I will take only small quantities.
- I will not take "baby"
shells unless they are to be used for scientific study. I
do understand that juvenile shells are not considered to be
good specimens, have no value, and are not proper exchange
- I will not be guilty of "cleaning
out a colony" of shells, or of collecting every living
thing I find. I will take only the live shells needed for
my collection and for exchanges at the time. I realize that
shells lying in a closet cannot reproduce while I am waiting
for a place to send them.
- I will not collect mollusks
(the living shells) which are in bad condition, such as those
with broken spires, badly chipped lips, bad growth flaws,
or erosion. I realize that these poor specimens would not
be fit to display at a shell show, would have no value, and
could not be sent as exchange material. But if I leave these
unlovely creatures they can propagate the species and produce
progeny that are of choice quality. I will check my finds
carefully for bad defects before leaving the collecting site
and will replace in the water any that are not up to par.
- I will practice and promote
these good conservation rules in every way possible to assure
that further generations may still have the shells of mollusks,
as well as other wildlife, to study and enjoy.