- Dec 7, 2006
Wild stock? Truly?? Since the shell bead nuclei business is so large, and I know it is so crucial to saltwater cultured pearls, why aren't there be people investing in working mussel farms?
Too bad about the safe- I would've been all worked up about that too lol.
Your friend is engaged in a very noble endeavor- it's wonderful to read about someone making such a large difference!!
I don't think to this day anyone has shown it to be viable. Its a slow growing shell which means you need investors willing to wait 10 years for what could in the end be negative results.
BTW I don't know if I made it clear that the days of the hand diggers and dredges have been over for some time. Barring and Diving are the only legal means of harvesting shell I'm aware of. And that is much easier on the shell beds.
And like I said earlier there is enough shell in the U.S. to sustain a healthy annual harvest. Its a matter of politics. It really is.