Field Trips

 

 

Annual Field Trip

 

Swains Reef 19-26 August 2017

If you have not already done so, please contact the Trip Organiser, 

Ranularia sinensis

Brisbane Shell Club Inc. Code of Ethics for Collecting

 

Introduction

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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