Echinoids.nl-An elaborate collector's database for sea urchin tests.
An amateur or non-professional community is a fact of life if you work on fossils or on seashells.
These organizations can do a lot of good towards forwarding the study of these fields but have also met with criticism and concern. Much of it based on the creation of a collector's or retail market for fossils or shells or ? which are the bread and butter of paleontologists and malacologists.
How does creating a collector's market for studying sea urchins affect conservation?
How does it affect the study of these organisms?
What is the net input of non-professional collectors to the academic study of sea urchins?
I guess, we'll have to wait and see.