[Coral-List] Selling coral

Adrienne Carter Acarter at coastalplanning.net
Wed Feb 13 17:34:11 EST 2008

   This  website is even more some surprising! Below is directly from the
   website, typos and all:

   "CORAL  -  This  product  for the first time, has been given a license
   from  the  Australian  Government to be exported for sale under strict
   license,  due  to  the  fact  that certain areas of the reef have been
   allowed  to  bring  to  the surface and sell as ornaments. This unique
   natural  Coral  has been harvested under precise, government approved,
   world class management arrangements. As a healthy resilient ecosystem,
   the  Great  Barrier  Reef accumulates and extra five million tonnes of
   new Coral growth every year. Of this growth, a small quota of abundant
   fast  growing  Coral  of  premium  quality  and  limited  size is hand
   harvested  from  specific  reef  zones.  Just  as  reefs recover after
   natural  events  such  as  cyclones,  they also quckly replenish after
   harvesting.   Corals   either  regenerate  from  the  base  or  larval
   settlement  and  growth  of  a  new colony occurs. Coral harvesting is
   based  on  the highest marine science standards. A portion of sales is
   donated  to  independant scientific research to ensure that harvesting
   remains  responsive  to  climate change and causes no detriment to the
   Great Barrier Reef."

   From: Ed Blume [mailto:edblume at mailbag.com]
   Sent: Wed 2/13/2008 4:00 PM
   To: Adrienne Carter; Coral-List at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
   Subject: RE: [Coral-List] Selling coral

   That's one of things I'm asking.  What are the legal issues?  What are
   the  environmental  issues?   I'm not a coral expert, so maybe it's no
   big deal that these species are being sold.

   Ed Blume

   -----Original Message-----
   From: Adrienne Carter [mailto:Acarter at coastalplanning.net]
   Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2008 2:41 PM
   To: Ed Blume
   Subject: RE: [Coral-List] Selling coral

   It  says  on  the  website  -"  The  Only  Licensed  UK  and  European
   distributer of Coral from the Great Australian Barrier Reef"

   Is that even legal?

   Adrienne Carter

   Marine Scientist

   From: Ed Blume [mailto:edblume at mailbag.com]
   Sent: Tue 2/12/2008 11:52 PM
   To: Coral-List at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
   Subject: [Coral-List] Selling coral

   This    site    that    is    selling    coral    looks    disturbing:
   What  types  of coral are pictured?  And how bad is it that it's being
   Ed Blume
   Volunteer, Centro Ecológico Akumal (www.ceakumal.org)
   Madison, WI


   1. http://www.steventhornedesign.com/store/catalog/coral

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