[Coral-List] [Fwd: Protecting the Coral Reefs]

kdarnel at indiana.edu kdarnel at indiana.edu
Tue Aug 31 14:36:11 EDT 2004

I know that it is illegal for any U.S. store to sell coral that has been 
collected after 1977. However, a lot of stores claim that their coral was 
harvested before tis year, as there is no good way to prove otherwise.  The 
girl in the shop might not have known all the details behind the coral, but 
her manager would. I'd say talk to the manager of the store. If s/he states 
the same thing, then I think NOAA would be the best agency to contact.



Quoting Mike Shelby <Mike.Shelby at noaa.gov>:

> This message came to me via the Ocean Explorer Web site.  If someone 
> more knowledgeable would answer this question I'm sure she would be 
> appreciative.  Please cc me as I would like to know the answer as well.  
> Thank you.
> -Mike
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: 	Protecting the Coral Reefs
> Resent-From: 	oceanexweb at noaa.gov
> Date: 	Mon, 30 Aug 2004 21:42:41 EDT
> From: 	JARSkipper1 at aol.com
> To: 	oceanexweb at noaa.gov
> 8/30/04
>                     anemonies
> Dear Sir/Maddam:
> Last Saturday I visited my local Pet Mart store and observed tank after 
> tank of live coral for sale with little sea anemone like creatures 
> moving their little arms about or opening and closing. In the same tanks 
> were tiny shrimp and small star fish. When I asked the clerk told me 
> they got the coral from the Philippines and the Caribbean. Is this 
> legal? They also had dead coral for sale.
> Isn't there a law against importing live coral for resale? Or for 
> selling it in the United States?
> The store is the Pet Mart at 9699 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg, FL 
> 33708 and their main office is at 4941 E. Busch Blvd. in Tampa, FL 33617.
> Please respond and inform me about what regulatory agency to contact.
> Thank you,
> Joyce Runion
> 1900 Bay Blvd.
> Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785
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