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Horseshoe Crabs Need Catch Limits Maintained

March 2, 2017

Massachusetts: This letter was sent to David Pierce, director of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries. On behalf of Mass Audubon, I submit the following comments on the proposed amendments to regulations governing the catch of horseshoe crabs. This proposed amendment would: a. Increase the horseshoe crab mobile gear trip limits from 300 crabs to 600 crabs effective no later than July 1; and b. Exempt mobile gear fishermen from all or some of the springtime lunar closures. download the pdf.