Crush the Shell Trade
The international trade of seashells and other curios made from marine animals has some devastating consequences to ocean ecosystems and their inhabitants. Every year millions of marine mollusks such as giant clams, queen conchs, chambered nautilus, whelks, tritons and helmets along with seahorses, sea stars, puffers and sharks are killed to become trinkets for the tourist industry. These animals are collected alive and boiled or soaked in acid to kill and clean them to become pretty seashells. In the process, delicate marine habitats such as coral reefs and seagrass beds are destroyed by the dredge nets used to harvest these creatures. The ABQ BioPark thinks this is wrong and is making a statement and bringing awareness to the issue by crushing hundreds of shells that were confiscated and donated to the Aquarium by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The public is invited to join us and show their support by bringing in their own seashells to crush.
The commercial sea shell trade has devastating effects on ocean animals. Photo: Universal Images Group