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Horseshoe Crabs in the Americas


No Proof for Crab Ban, Fishermen Say

Delaware Bay: A group of Delaware Bay fishermen are suing the state Department of Environmental Protection to try to overturn a moratorium on horseshoe crab harvesting. Download the pdf.


Horseshoe Crabs and Watermen Struggle to Coexist

Delaware: This time of year, the horseshoe crabs practically have the place to themselves. With only a sunbather and a smattering of greenhead flies in the distance, the spiderlike creatures mate undisturbed on the sandy shores. But just a few miles away sits what the crab’s protectors consider a major threat to a species that is older than dinosaurs – Charlie Auman, a waterman who has spent much of his adult life catching horseshoe crabs and selling them for bait. Download the pdf.


Horseshoe Crabs In Political Pinch Over Bird’s Future

Delaware: Creature is favored bait on shores of Delaware; Red knot loses in court. Download the pdf.


Kelley Drye Represents Conch Fishermen in Successful Repeal of Moratorium on Horseshoe Crab Harvesting

Delaware: A decision issued today by the Sussex County, Delaware Superior Court invalidates a moratorium on the harvest of horseshoe crabs just in time for the summer harvest season in the Delaware Bay. Representing a group of horseshoe crab and conch fishermen, David Frulla, a fisheries specialist at the law firm Kelley Drye Collier Shannon, helped convince a judge that, on the record before the court, the moratorium was baseless because a limited harvest strategy providing equivalent conservation benefits was available but rejected. download the pdf.


Delaware Conch Fishermen Successfully Repeal Moratorium on Horseshoe Crab Harvesting

Delaware: A decision issued today by the Sussex County, Delaware Superior Court invalidates a moratorium on the harvest of horseshoe crabs just in time for the summer harvest season in the Delaware Bay. Download the pdf.


State Nabs 10 For Taking Too Many Crabs

New York: Each spring during the high tides of the new and full moons, horseshoe crabs line local shores to spawn. Ten local fishermen, some under cover of night, seized this annual ritual as a money-making opportunity. Download the pdf.


New Nature Center Attracts a Flock of Bird-Watchers

Delaware: Mispillion Harbor site focuses on shorebirds and horseshoe crab eggs they feed on. Download the pdf.


Horseshoe Crab Sanctuary Declared at West Meadow Beach

New York: May 6, 2007, will mark the first day horseshoe crabs will receive special protection at our beloved West Meadow Beach in Stony Brook.  This is an historic measure as it is the first time such a new regulation is in operation anywhere along the New York State coastline. Download the pdf.


Promoting Conservation through the Arts: Outreach for Hearts and Minds

Global: “Conservation through the arts may reach a more diverse audience and reach them more successfully by engaging their hearts as well as minds.” Conservation Biology, Volume 21, No.1, February 2007. download the pdf.


Horseshoe Crabs in Asia


The Horseshoe Crab’s Big Potential In Medical

Malaysia: The king crab, used as bait by fishermen to catch crabs or left to die in the sun when trapped in their fishing nets, may end up being the most sought after arthropod if its commercial value is fully realized. Download the pdf.


HSC Sightings in Chiayi Taiwan

Taiwan: Asian horseshoe crabs, known as one of the few “living fossil” species in the Taiwan area, have been sighted on the coast of the southern county of Chiayi recently, opening another wildlife conservation door, Chiayi County officials said Friday. Download the pdf


Crime Syndicates Smuggling Wildlife

International: It could be ivory concealed in a container, cans of caviar in a suitcase or baby chimpanzees in a crate. The smuggling of wildlife goods is a low-risk, high-profit enterprise proving increasingly attractive to crime syndicates. download the pdf.


Horseshoe Crabs in Europe

ERDG in the News


Horseshoe Crabs Win Big at Prime Hook Beach

Delaware: Residents at Prime Hook beach have banded together to create a community-based horseshoe crab sanctuary. Download the pdf.


Crabs Get a Visit From Afar

Delaware: The ancient horseshoe crab brought international visitors to its spawning grounds on the Delaware Bay last weekend. Download the pdf.


International Symposium on the Science and Conservation of Horseshoe Crabs

Dowling College Oakdale, Long Island NYIn early 2005, a number of horseshoe crab biologists around the world began discussions about the need to have a forum in which we could meet, exchange ideas, and plan future research and conservation strategies. By Fall, 2005, a symposium Planning Committee had come together, chosen the location at Dowling College, and organized the basic structure of the four day conference. The timeliness of this International Symposium is underscored by the World Conservation Union’s (IUCN) listing of three of the four species as data deficient, species which can not be evaluated due to the lack of fundamental scientific information. ERDG, one of the original discussion group members, served on the planning committee, chaired the session on “Public Awareness and Community-based Conservation” and sponsored “Two Days with Limulus polyphemus,” a Delaware Bay horseshoe crab field trip. Learn more about the symposium


Making Peace with a Pest

Delaware: Which critter, man or horseshoe crab, is the real problem? Download the pdf.