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Coral Reefs Are Now Contraband Too?  
User currently offlineDerico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4370 posts, RR: 10
Posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1752 times:

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BUENOS AIRES (AFP) - Argentine customs said Monday it had seized a valuable, five-ton shipment of endangered and protected coral and seashells from the Philippines that was destined for the black market in tourist haven Mar del Plata.

The illegal shipment of some 1,500 pieces of coral and seashells was listed as manufactured goods when it arrived at the Buenos Aires port, customs officials said.

Most of the protected species are included in the 1975 Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which ensures that trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.

Argentine customs officials said they were considering donating the coral and shells to museums or environmental organizations for their preservation.

Mar del Plata, 400 kilometers (250 miles) southeast of Buenos Aires on the Atlantic coast, is one of Latin America's top tourist destinations.

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With the economic and consumer boom and the return of the middle class, there has been a surge in custom busts from drugs, to electronics, to things like rare artifacts to adorn some of the many new homes and apartments springing up in the hot housing market (not just locals but foreigners furnishing their new penthouses too). Such busts are now a weekly occurrence in our ports and in all our borders.

But coral reefs? What do you exactly DO with corals and seashells? These ecosystems take so long to grow and are fragile... If on top the climate challenges they are also being purposefully destroyed in poorer countries, to go to some completely insane and scrupulous buyers with money, that is just unbelievable.

Those reefs takes centuries to flourish. Sad.

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User currently offlineFrancoflier From France, joined Oct 2001, 4412 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1729 times:

It is really sad to continuously see people so eagerly destroying the planet's dying breeds to use them as ornaments.

The worst is that they very much know the damage they're doing, they know they shouldn't, but it'll look SO good on the wall of the living room on top of where the leopard skin rug is...


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User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 8029 posts, RR: 32
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1706 times:

I'm assuming that these coral pieces were dried out and not destined for aquariums? Anyone know if there are different requlations for coral/rock that is shipped for live purposes?

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User currently offlineHa763 From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 3739 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1656 times:
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Quoting Derico (Thread starter):
But coral reefs? What do you exactly DO with corals and seashells?

Make jewelry. Check out some samples of coral jewelry:


User currently offlineGraphic From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1628 times:

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 2):
Anyone know if there are different requlations for coral/rock that is shipped for live purposes?

Usually you get what is called "live rock" and the coral I guess grows on it after you put it in the saltwater aquarium. I guess that's how it works, I've never dabbled with Saltwater before.

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