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4th International Workshop on the Science and Conservation of Horseshoe Crabs

June 26, 2019

China: On June 15th-20th in Guangxi and Beihai, China, more than 140 scientists, conservationist, corporate representatives and governmental officials from 18 countries, attended the 4th International Workshop on the Science and Conservation of Horseshoe Crabs, to elevate our collective understanding of the world’s four extant horseshoe crab species, the conservation challenges they face, and how together we can overcome the ignorance and indifference that has for so long hampered efforts to protect these remarkable mariners.

In addition the presentation of papers and posters on the science and conservation of these species, ample time was set aside for working groups to address a host of conservation challenges from collecting data to complete the IUCN RED list assessment on Tachypleus gigas and Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda, to reducing the loss of critical spawning and nursery habitat, eliminating the unsustainable harvest for human consumption and bacterial endotoxin test production in Asia, and to develop an effective conservation message that transcends geographic boundaries, governmental malaise, linguistics, social and cultural indifference.

An important accomplishments to come out of this workshop was The Beibu Gulf Declaration on Global Horseshoe Crab Conservation, which represents our collected resolve towards the conservation of the world’s four extant horseshoe crab species by all those in attendance, and includes the establishment of the International Day of the Horseshoe Crab to be celebrated every year on June 20th.

Attached is the workshop abstracts. download the pdf.