News Archives

The following are brief synopses of recent articles, press releases and information pertaining to the horseshoe crab, ERDG, and conservation issues.

Horseshoe Crabs in the Americas

11/29/18

Lonza’s Global Subject Matter Expert for Endotoxin Detection Appointed Chair of ASMFC Horseshoe Crab Advisory Panel

Maryland: Lonza announced the appointment of Allen Burgenson, Global Subject Matter Expert for Endotoxin Detection at Lonza, as Chair of the Horseshoe Crab Advisory Panel of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC). Burgenson was elected by his peers to this esteemed position on 26 September 2018 in recognition of more than 35 years of experience in the biomedical use of horseshoe crabs. download the pdf.

10/02/18

Horseshoe Crab Spawning Activity After Beach Nourishment

New York: Beach nourishment is a common shoreline protection method where sediment that has been eroded is replaced, typically using sediment dredged from offshore. To test its efficacy, a team of researchers led by Dr. Mark Botton from Fordham University investigated how beach nourishment projects affect horseshoe crab spawning. The study was conducted at Plumb Beach near the mouth of Jamaica Bay in Brooklyn, New York. This site provided a good study location because it has a history of beach nourishment projects. download the pdf.

 

Horseshoe Crabs in Asia

01/11/19

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

China: In early 2005, ERDG and a number of horseshoe crab biologists and conservationists from around the world began discussions about the need to have a forum in which we could meet, exchange ideas, and plan future research and conservation strategies. This effort culminated in the 1st International Workshop on the Science and Conservation of Horseshoe Crabs, held in the fall of 2007, in New York, USA. After which, it was decided to hold these workshops every four years at locations throughout the four horseshoe crab species spawning range. The 2nd workshop was held in Hong Kong, June 13 -16, 2011. The 3rd workshop was held in Sasebo City, Japan, June 15 -19, 2015. The 4th workshop will be held in Qinzhou City, Guangxi Zhuang, ARC on June 15 -20, 2019. learn more

 

12/15/18

Horseshoe Crabs Living Through A Crisis

Global: In a new study (Shu et al. 2018), we were able to record horseshoe crab tracks from a succession of rocks that spanned the great Permian-Triassic (PT) mass extinction 252 million years ago. Limulids (of course) survived, but we had questions to ask about whether the devastating environmental changes associated with the mass extinction had in any way knocked them sideways. download the pdf.

 

Horseshoe Crabs in Europe

07/26/17

König Galerie, Berlin is presenting “400 Million Years Ago” by Danish artist Tue Greenfort.

Germany: This exhibition presents three new groups of Tue Greenfort’s works that evolve around processes of the natural world, discourses of ecology and notions of the environment, while the horseshoe crab figures as a theme to the exhibition’s perspective on human and non-human agency. download the pdf.

08/17/16

bioMérieux Acquires Hyglos and Expands its Offering to the Detection of Endotoxins in Pharmaceutical Products

Germany: bioMérieux, a global player in in vitro diagnostics and world leader in industrial microbiological control, announces the acquisition of Hyglos, a Bernried (Germany) – based company specializing in the detection of endotoxins. Founded in 2009, Hyglos has a unique and recognized expertise in the development and production of recombinant proteins used for the detection of endotoxins in pharmaceutical products. download the pdf.

ERDG in the News

May 16, 2019

ERDG’s Horseshoe Crab Stranding Mitigation Project

Delaware: In late April a partnership between DNREC, the Veterans Conservation Corps and the Ecological Research & Development Group (ERDG) installed a 350-foot wooden temporary storm fence across a stretch of beach to prevent horseshoe crab strandings on one of the most productive spawning beaches in the world. download the pdf.

January 11, 2019

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

China: In early 2005, ERDG and a number of horseshoe crab biologists and conservationists from around the world began discussions about the need to have a forum in which we could meet, exchange ideas, and plan future research and conservation strategies. This effort culminated in the 1st International Workshop on the Science and Conservation of Horseshoe Crabs, held in the fall of 2007, in New York, USA. After which, it was decided to hold these workshops every four years at locations throughout the four horseshoe crab species spawning range. The 2nd workshop was held in Hong Kong, June 13 -16, 2011. The 3rd workshop was held in Sasebo City, Japan, June 15 -19, 2015. The 4th workshop will be held in Qinzhou City, Guangxi Zhuang, ARC on June 15 -20, 2019. learn more

 

December 14, 2018

Young Voices™ Horseshoe Crabs in the Arts 2018

Delaware: Our 2018 contest year received 310 entries from Mauritius, France, and the USA. Our judges selected 10 of the most compelling artworks from each grade level that entered. As always, the task was challenging, for all forms of personal expression are, by their very nature, an honest reflection of the heart within. Since the program’s inception in 1998, the Young Voices that give this program life has grown from a few hundred to many thousands around the world. We celebrate these young environmental stewards, whose compassion for the conservation of this remarkable species, expressed through art, has elevated and transformed our perception of this often-misunderstood marine. To see a complete list of this year’s selected artist. download the pdf.