I do understand and share your concern regarding the probable endangered status of some mollusc (or other) species resulting from uncontrolled shell trade. I know at least within the Philipinnes Archipelago some concerned malacologists are in serious alarm because of the uncontrolled trade originating from their country. Some species there "not so rare" a ten years ago now face a serious risk of becoming extinct shortly. Shell dealers from that area come to İzmir Fair periodically and I was used to shun them, believing that buying from them would encourage further trade. A few years back I was strolling within the botanical garden enclosed in the fair grounds maybe a day after the end of the seasonal fair activities, and was horrified to see a great pile of broken shells at the back of the Philippines pavilion, they obviously could not afford the return ticket for the unsold shells and choose to destroy them right there! Now, I prefer to buy some nice specimens while sharing the sad knowledge that their trade is completely out of hand. Whole countries should act collectively to prevent this abuse on nature.
Melon Shell No. 3 (44)