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Students Release Baby Horseshoe Crabs in Penghu

November 14, 2008

Taiwan: Baby Asian horseshoe crabs Tachypleus tridentatus bred in captivity were released into the wild off Taiwan’s outlying island of Penghu in an effort to conserve the horseshoe crab species. This activity was held by the Penghu Marine Biology Research Center, Taiwan Fisheries Research Institute and the Cabinet-level Council of Agriculture (COA). According to a recent survey on horseshoe crabs, the species no longer has any habitats in Taiwan proper, and its remaining habitats in Kinmen and Penghu are currently under threat because of human activity and over-exploitation, despite the designation of reservation zones. Download the pdf.