of the predominantly 'Maduran' shell traders, showing off one
of many plus 20 Kg. Giant clams for sale in Bali. These are gathered
all over Indonesia's once pristine coral reef areas which are
totally pillaged and destroyed to acquire shells. As of July,
1997, this dealer could 'only' guarantee about ten of these shells
a month because they are becoming extinct.
Smelly bags of uncleaned,
unpolished 'Nautilus' shells; approximately two thousand shells.
The population of the prehistorically renowned Nautilus is now
in danger of becoming extinct. The uncontrolled and unmonitored
shell trade is taking its toll on many reefs as more shells and
coral are removed than nature can replace. This dealer guaranteed
to supply approximately one thousand Nautilus shells per month!
- Giant Clams, protected
by written law, are openly removed from the sea and traded/sold
without regard to law or existing declining populations.
This dealer had thirty available at approximately US$60 per shell. ( July
One of many Shell
shops on Bali. Evidence of total exploitation of coral reefs.
A back room to be cleaned and polished for businessmen and
- Tourist totally
surprised of the size and amounts of shells available.
- All unchecked
and unregistered by government monitors.
- One of many
sellers roaming Indonesian tourist beaches selling shells,
including those protected by written laws.
One Nautilus shell can
cost as little as 2 dollars (US).
- Latest Updates
- An Investigation
during July, 1998, revealed that the situation was becoming
increasingly worse as the Indonesian Authorities as well
as environmental players turn a blind eye and continue
to allow the pillage and marketing of CITIES declared protected
Sea Shell species. Many of such shells are sold openly
in Mauls and shops in Jakarta as on beaches and shops on
Bali, and even on National Marine Reserves as in North
Sulawesi, where locals and visitors openly pick and hack
out the living creatures for their shells. The prices of
these shells have gone down to an all time low since the
economic crisis has taken hold and the stock piles have
accumulated. The main target for purchase are foreigners
now. Many traders exporting without problems to CITIES
member states partners, a daily occurrence on Bali and