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Horseshoe Crabs in the Americas


People Pay $112 Million A Year For Horseshoe Crab Blood. A Company Wants Georgia’s Coast In On It.

Georgia: A biotech company is eyeing Jekyll Island as a testing ground for its foray into horseshoe crab ranching. download the pdf.


Horseshoe Crabs in Asia


The Fourth International Workshop on the Science and Conservation of Horseshoe Crabs

China: This 4th Workshop will be held on June 15-20, 2019 in Qinzhou City, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China. The Workshop will be hosted by the IUCN Species Survival Commission Horseshoe Crab Specialist Group, organized by Qinzhou University, Guangxi Key Laboratory of Beibu Gulf Marine Biodiversity Conservation and Guangxi Biodiversity Research and Conservation Association. The conference venue will be at Qinzhou University, and field excursions will be taken place in Beihai City. A formal call for registration and submission of abstracts, and details of other travel information will be announced shortly. download the pdf.


Kinmen Reopens Jiangong Islet to Public

Taiwan: Large numbers of tourists have visited Jiangong Islet in Kinmen County since it was recently re-opened to the public, and its rich ecosystem amazes visitors as they walk the stone path in the islet’s intertidal zone. download the pdf.


New Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation Joins FIU

China: Florida International University Pew Marine Fellow Wuying Lin plans to advance conservation policies to disrupt the illicit trade of marine wildlife in South China. download the pdf.


Digital Dissection: CT Scans Reveal New Muscles in Horseshoe Crabs

Australia: A team of students from the University of New England (UNE) in Australia conducted CT scans of a dried horseshoe crab carcass from the
University of New England Natural History Museum as well as of fresh appendages, and then used the scans to create a 3-D model of its muscular system. The 3-D image revealed some new muscular structures in the horseshoe crab appendages. download the pdf.


Horseshoe Crab Conservation along Chandipur Coast and Nearby Estuaries in Odisha

India: In an effort to facilitate nesting and to conserve a living fossil, the “Horseshoe Crab” along Chandipur Beach and nearby estuaries, the Association for Biodiversity Conservation (ABC) in partnership with the New Hope volunteers, organised an awareness “Come Cleaning” event along a five km stretch of beach on 15 March 2017. download the pdf.


How Horseshoe Crabs Helped Pen Pals

Taiwan: Students from Jinhu Junior High School on the outlying island county of Kinmen are excited about an upcoming visit from their French pen pals, whom they are determined to impress with local charm and horseshoe crabs. download the pdf.


Horseshoe Crabs in Europe

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New ‘Living Fossil’ Program at Refuge Highlights Role of Species

Florida: The J.N. “Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge is offering a new program on horseshoe crabs. One of the educational tools for the program that the refuge staff is excited to utilize is the model, developed by the Ecological Research & Development Group in Delaware. The world’s first museum-grade model of a female horseshoe crab, it shows the species’ exterior surfaces complete in detail. The top of the model separates from the bottom of it to reveal the internal organs – colored for easier identification – egg distribution and circulatory system, providing a view never before available. “It greatly enhances the program,” Wettstein said. “It has added so much to it.” The refuge was able to acquire the tool through a donation by a donor. download the pdf.


Annual Report of the IUCN Horseshoe Crab Species Specialist Group for 2017

Annual Report of the IUCN HSC SSG for 2017, along with an updated membership list. download the pdf.