Thursday July 19, 2007

10 months in jail for a coral poacher, and his boat is getting taken away. Meanwhile — wtf? — you can buy coral on the internet.

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  1. Biscayne Bystander    Fri Jul 20, 10:59 AM #  

    I believe this was a fair sentence, rightfully sending a message to future thieves who expect small fines with minimal consequence. Living coral are in an epidemic decline, measures to protect them should be stepped up.

  2. JP    Sat Jul 21, 10:15 AM #  

    Since I am the owner of the site you seem to have a problem with, why don’t you take up any concerns with me? There’s several avenues listed to get a hold of me right there on the index page.

    What exactly is the problem with being able to buy coral online? What’s the difference from buying it in a store? Do you have any idea where my corals are imported from? Do you have the slightest clue as to my operation? Are you aware that ricordea are not found only in FL waters?

    I take a lot of pride and give excellent care to the critters in my charge. I make it a point to investigate where my stock comes from and I buy from legitimate operations in legitimate countries.

    Maybe you too should investigate your local suppliers as there’s many in your area. Like I said, if you have a problem, take it up directly with me. I’ll be happy to put your mind at ease. Thanks.

  3. alesh    Sat Jul 21, 11:04 AM #  


    I’m sure your site is operating legally, and as such I have no problem with it. You correctly point out that if something is legal to sell then it’s irrelevant whether it’s purchased over the internet or in a store.

    What I was wondering was that if coral reefs are so endangered and coral is protected, why is it legally sold? I was using your site as a random example for quick illustrative purposes.

    I assume there are legal and illegal sales of corals, and I could certainly have contacted you and asked you to explain the details of the law to me, but I’m not sure why you think this is what I ought to have done. Certainly my link wasn’t intended as a criticism of your operation in particular.

    Hope that clears it up. Since you’re here, though, perhaps you could educate us: what are the legalities of harvesting and selling coral in the United States?