Overview

Ammonite Shell is the fossilized shell of a marine mollusc. Specimens with iridescent red and green colours are mined as a semi-precious stone for making jewellery. An ammonite shell agreement grants the exclusive right to recover ammonite shell from a specified location. The term of an ammonite shell agreement set out in the Ammonite Shell Regulation is 15 years, renewable for 5 years.

Ammonite Shell tool kit

The following tool kit is for individuals and companies interested in collecting or mining ammonite shell in Alberta.

Table 1. Ammonite Shell agreement tool kit

Title Description
Summary of Requirements Ammonite Shell agreements can be issued to an applicant prior to obtaining a Historical Resources Act (HRA) exemption for the property. The agreement holder has 4 months after the agreement has been issued to obtain the HRA exemption, which can be secured online through the Online Permitting and Clearance (OPac) system.

The renewal term of agreements is 5 years.

See information letter 2004-18 (PDF, 58 KB) for more information.

Legislation Key acts and regulations for Ammonite Shell:
Information Letters and Bulletins
Application Methods Preferred method:
Use the Electronic Transfer System (ETS) to apply online. When applying through ETS, the fee is required and any rentals are required prior to the issuance of an agreement.

Alternative method:
Direct purchase application forms can also be submitted in paper format and must be accompanied with all applicable monies. See the Application form: Ammonite Shell Agreement (PDF, 185 KB).

More information:
See Mineral Direct Purchase in Electronic Transfer System (ETS) support and online learning.

Maps (updated overnight) Interactive maps
Mineral disposition information available through an interactive mapping program. This program allows you to select location, scale and map features, and conduct basic searches.
Alberta Township Survey System Introduction to ATS (PDF, 302 KB)
For legal land description (meridian, township, range, section, legal subdivision).
Map Coordinates Converter Alberta Geological Survey Conversion
Alberta Mineral Information (AMI) AMI searches
Information on requesting and conducting searches.
Other Resources

Contact

To connect with the Coal and Mineral Development Unit:

Hours: 8:15 am to noon and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-7707
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Fax: 780-422-5447
Email: cmd.energy@gov.ab.ca

Edmonton

Address:
Alberta Energy
Coal and Mineral Development Unit
North Petroleum Plaza
9945 108 Street *
Edmonton, Alberta  T5K 2G6

* Couriers, please report to the 2nd floor.

Calgary (drop-off location only)

Address:
Alberta Energy
300, 801 6 Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 3W2