Hugh Morrison has been collecting shells since childhood. His love of shells originally led to his involvement in the scuba diving industry in the early 70's, followed by a long career as Australian professional scuba instructor trainer, author and manager of Perth Diving Academy.
While leading diving expeditions around the world, Hugh has been finding and enjoying shells for the last 40 years or so, eventually prompting him to turn one of his passions into a secondary career and open a seashell business.
Australian Seashells PTY Ltd. was founded in 1995 by Hugh Morrison and Simone Pfuetzner, a fellow diver and jeweller. Simone mainly focuses on the art, crafts & design aspects of seashells. Together, they run a reputable, licensed seashell dealership, besides also being professionally involved with scuba diving.
Thanks to our keen interest in all things natural history / marine biology / dive travel and our association with likeminded people around the globe (see FaceBook), we can now offer the most comprehensive range of seashells and literature on this subject in Australia and the Asia / Pacific region. We regularly exhibit seashells at International Trade Fairs & Conventions.
Our location in Western Australia happily enjoys one of the most extensive and successful Fisheries managements worldwide. Avoiding unlawful trade with CITES listed mollusc items is a priority for us and we aim to source all our decorative / bulk material from reputable and responsible suppliers.
Most Natural History institutions around the world today are sorely underfunded and understaffed, having to rely on support by citizen scientists: knowledgeable amateurs and professionals. Marine biologists all tend to specialise, so unfortunately a broad practical knowledge of seashells (while invaluable for quick ID assessment) is becoming increasingly rare. Hugh has been donating specimens, time and expertise to assist curators at the Western Australian Museum for decades, aside from taking part in scientific expeditions to discover and describe new species in his spare time.
Australian Seashells regularly contributes local specimen samples / accurate data to the Encyclopedia Of Life Project.
The resulting scientific database is currently developing into the largest global resource for biodiversity evaluation. Pooling global biodiversity data enables faster identification (and protection) of potentially at risk marine habitats. Take a look at the EOL site and see how you can help make a difference.
The rapid rate of damage to worldwide marine environments due to climate change and increasing oceanic pollution is an ongoing major concern, not just for us. Watch JEN 'Charlie' Veron's illuminating Royal Society talk on the subject of Australia's Great Barrier Reef here.