[Coral-List] CITES exemption of coral cores?

Jessica Carilli jcarilli at ucsd.edu
Tue Dec 13 19:48:37 EST 2005

Dear Coral-listers,
We intend to collect coral cores in Belize and transport them back to the US for analysis. We won't be transporting live tissue, so I was under the impression that this skeletal matter is exempt from CITES.  However, trying to find documentation supporting this is proving to be difficult and I'm wondering if skeletal samples from live corals are indeed covered by CITES?  
If they are exempt, does anyone have suggestions as to specific documents I can have on hand to show the customs officials?
Thanks very much,
Jessica Carilli
Graduate Student
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
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