Perhaps instead of fighting over how many merchants in town sell seashells, they should consider not selling them at all ("Fighting over some seashells," Dave Hansen column, June 2).
Yes, I know, they are big sellers, and make money for the merchants. But do any of them know, or care, that there is a highly unregulated trade in coral reef products that are decimating reefs across the globe? I think it's sad to be selling shells and coral because they are so beautiful, but meanwhile, they are contributing to coral reef destruction.
Maybe the merchants are unwitting accomplices to reef destruction, but now they know, and they can make their own choices.
Once again, will it be profits or destruction? I don't patronize shops that sell shells. And that's too bad, because I love some of these shops. But if these shop owners are going to sell the beauty of the ocean, meanwhile destroying it, well, I can make my choices too. And I would urge others to do the same.