A Talk on the Wild Side.
Online “pearl parties” are trending now with several direct marketing companies recruiting independent consultants as a new business venture. Oyster shells are opened online “live” to reveal a pearl that can be made into jewelry. There are a few things to know about oysters before undertaking this commercial activity.
Oysters used in a pearl party typically originate from a foreign country, and thus are considered imports. Because oysters are wildlife, imports of these oysters (even if the animals are ‘farmed’) are regulated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service).
Steps to Take:
If you have any questions, you can contact the closest Wildlife Inspection Office.
Importers bringing in shipments of oysters into the U.S. without a valid Import/Export License and/or not declared are subject to enforcement action by the Service, including seizure of goods and possible monetary penalties.