Objectives and Ethics

Objectives of the Brisbane Shell Club Inc.

The objects of the Brisbane Shell Club Inc. are to:

  • Promote interest in and appreciation of all aspects of molluscs and shells and their habitats, and

  • Promote responsible mollusc and shell collecting, and

  • Stimulate an exchange of knowledge, information and specimens.

Members of the club will use good environmental practices when observing and/or collecting specimens and will comply with the club’s code of ethics for collecting, and with State (including Queensland Fisheries) , Federal (including Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority) and international (including CITES) laws and regulations regarding the collection of specimens.The range of activities and interests of the club are wide and include photography, field trips, scientific and general interest study of living and fossil molluscs and shells, shell art and craft, shells on stamps, and the collection of shell buttons and badges.The newsletter of the club, The Radula, contains club news and reports on club activities written by members.The club’s meetings, field trips and other activities provide opportunities to discuss molluscs and shells, and to display specimens to members, visitors, guests and the general public.Members of the club have knowledge on a broad range of mollusc and shell groups and topics, and can provide guidelines for naming, storing and displaying specimens.

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Brisbane Shell Club Inc. Code of Ethics for Collecting


Molluscs and shells are part of the natural wildlife and need the conscientious effort by people to preserve them as a living resource, and members of Brisbane Shell Club Inc. will practice the following guidelines for behaviour when collecting.

1. Obey regulations

At all times abide by State (including Queensland Fisheries), national (including Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority), and international (including CITES) laws and regulations governing

  • Access to and permissible activities in mollusc and shell collecting sites and locations, and specimens that are permitted or prohibited from being collected, and

  • Limitations on the number of specimens that can be collected, and

  • Obtaining relevant permits from authorities as required.

2. Quality of specimens

  • Do not disturb or collect molluscs or shells sitting in eggs or otherwise engaged in breeding aggregations or other reproductive behaviours, and

  • Do not collect live mollusc eggs or egg cases, and

  • Do not collect molluscs or shells that are juvenile, damaged or in bad condition, and

  • Do inspect specimens before leaving the collecting site and return those not ‘up to par’ to their original 
habitat as soon as possible.

3. Protection of habitat

  • Use good environmental practices and observe protection of habitat guidelines, carefully replacing into its original position any log, rock, coral slab or boulder, or any other item immediately after inspecting the underside for molluscs and shells, and

  • If using a shell dredge that complies with relevant regulations and permits, do so in a limited basis and only in suitable dredging ground.

4. Sharing of knowledge

Sharing of information and knowledge of molluscs and shells and their habitat is encouraged, for example via photography and writing stories and articles for the club’s newsletter, and making educational presentations to other groups as requested.

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