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The Shell Collector's Code of Ethics

I realize that mollusks are port of our precious natural wildlife resources. Therefore:

  • I WILL make every effort to protect and preserve them not only for my own future enjoyment, but for the benefit of generations to come;
  • I WILL always leave every shelling spot as undisturbed as possible.
  • I WILL take only those specimens needed for my collection and for exchange at the time...shells in a box cannot reproduce while I am waiting for a place to send them.
  • I WILL leave behind the damaged and young specimens so that they may live and multiply.
  • I WILL NOT collect live egg cases unless they are to be used for study and then only small quantities.
  • I WILL NEVER "clean out a colony" of shells.
  • I WILL practice and promote these conservation rules in every way possible.