Is it legal to bring back seashells (no living shellfish, just the shells) from Ireland (Dublin airport) via airplane to Germany? We found them on the beach. There are eight shells between 2cm and 7cm in size.
In any case, I do not want to look like I am doing illegal business. I read that people were fined with thousands of dollars/euros for trying to bring shells back from e.g. USA. The results of my research were not very insightful. It is talked about
- protection of species (but what I bring back is certainly already dead and does not contain living matter),
- giant clams (but I do not know what qualifies as such)
- "only for personal use" (which is certainly the case)
If it is illegal, where will this told to me? In Ireland or in Germany? Will there be someone on the airport to ask whether this is legal so I can drop them in time? In general, I am not very experienced with how things work on airports.
Here is how the story went, which might only be partially helpful.
First, we went to some information desk at Dublin airport. I showed them the bag of seashells, and it was told to me that there are no objections to me taking these with me to Germany, at least for what Irish law is concerned. However, I was told to check again in Germany.
Now we were in a bit of a hurry and there was not really time to deal with this in Germany again. So we decided to leave the shells in Dublin. I therefore cannot tell anything new about the German side of the problem.