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orcadian
There are stromatolites in various localities around Orkney, and not all are sssi's. They are all in beautiful coastal localities that no right minded person would even think of ruining by ripping them from the coast that thousands of tourists enjoy every year. No right minded person......
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orcadian
Small notification in our local paper last week from police asking for information re. stromatolites ripped from a sssi here in Orkney at a coastal location well known to be off limits.
Many thanks whoever you are you dipstick....no doubt you will make a few quid from ebay, and in the process give the rest of us honest folk a lousy reputation.
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Koss1959
Things like this worry me about the future of our hobby. The rules we have to follow are reasonable and fair.

You get to keep what ever you find as long as you get permission to extract it first. Anything you find. So round here that could be a small pyrite ammonite the size of a penny or it could be a fully articulated dinosaur, Ichthyosaur or Plesiosaur.

There are places such where fossiling is just not allowed. If people keep breaking these rules, eventually it's gonna ruin it for everyone.
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fossils-uk
Damage to yesneby

Bet you see it appearing on eBay very soon. Totally irresponsible and gives fuel to those that want fossil collecting band for everyone. Believe it or not only 5% of commercial collectors are like this but it is that 5% that is giving us all a bad name. If they find them throw the book at them.
Byron
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TqB
Are there legitimate sources on Orkney for these stromatolites? I've seen some for sale...

Edited by TqB 2014-08-16 09:55:12
Tarquin
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fossils-uk
there was a small amount that came out last couple of years that were collected by terry manning in the late 70's. When terry retired a couple of years ago this was discovered in his backyard and cut and polished by the two main wholesale dealers in the UK this then disseminated down through to various other dealers and shops. But the majority went to the overseas shows like tuscon and denver where it commanded big money. Someone has probably seen this and thought they could cash in which is awful. 
byron 
fossils-uk, whitby
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TqB
Thanks, Byron - a bit like elephant ivory then, legal stuff acting as cover for poaching.
Tarquin
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ryanc

Seems the demand for it is more for jewellery and decorative slabs than as a fossil per se?
 
Illegal mining or quarrying would be a better description than fossil collecting - the BBC seems to like the phrase 'irresponsible fossil collectors'...
 
Regards,
 
Ryan
 
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