Conservation Regulatory Agencies

Regulatory agencies that are responsible for horseshoe crab conservation are listed below by U.S. state and by other countries. We highlight the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) as a model of interstate fisheries management. Imagine what could be achieved if a comparable governing body could be established between the 14 countries that comprise the spawning range of the three Asian horseshoe crab species.

Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC)

For over 70 years, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) has served as a deliberative body of the Atlantic coastal states, coordinating the conservation and management of 25 nearshore fish species. Each state is represented on the Commission by three Commissioners: the director of the state’s marine fisheries management agency, a state legislator, and an individual appointed by the state’s governor to represent stakeholder interests. These Commissioners participate in deliberations in the Commission’s main policy arenas: interstate fisheries management, fisheries science, habitat conservation, and law enforcement. Through these activities, the states collectively ensure the sound conservation and management of their shared coastal fishery resources and the resulting benefits to the fishing and non-fishing public.

HSC management section: http://www.asmfc.org/species/horseshoe-crab

IN THE UNITED STATES

Maine
New Hampshire
Massachusetts
Rhode Island
Connecticut
New York
New Jersey
Delaware
Maryland
Virginia
North Carolina
South Carolina
Georgia
Florida
Alabama
Mississippi
Louisiana
Texas

INTERNATIONAL

Mexico
Japan
China/Hong Kong
Taiwan
Philippines
Indonesia
Malaysia
Brunei
Singapore
Vietnam
Cambodia
Thailand
Myanmar
Bangladesh
India

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