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Re: fossil collecting
> allow the public to do surface collections only - no digging.
> for excavation, permits/licencing would be required.
> let museums/academics decide whether the commercial operations get to
> be licenced. that would ensure that commercial operations would
> be more likely to be reputable.
I think that this would be extremely difficult to enforce. Seeing
something lying on the ground and NOT digging in further to see what else
is there is a very difficult impulse to curb. I would imagine collectors
would be doing this left and right. How could you prove that they didn't
collect something on the surface unless you saw them do it?