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


ASMFC Horseshoe Crab Board Sets 2018 Specifications for Horseshoe Crabs of Delaware Bay Origin

Virginia: The Commission’s Horseshoe Crab Management Board approved the harvest specifications for horseshoe crabs of Delaware Bay origin. Under the Adaptive Resource Management (ARM) Framework, the Board set a harvest limit of 500,000 Delaware Bay male horseshoe crabs and zero female horseshoe crabs for the 2018 season. download the pdf.


Petition UNESCO Support in Creating a Global Sanctuary for the Horseshoe Crab

New York: We the undersigned petition #UNESCO to support the creation of a global sanctuary for these unique and venerable creatures by establishing the first designation of “World Heritage Species” for this invertebrate. download the pdf.


Horseshoe Crabs in Asia


UMT Researcher Develops TAL Kit

Malaysia: A Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) researcher has successfully developed a Quick Endotoxin Detecting Kit (TAL) based on her in-depth research of horseshoe crabs in the country. download the pdf.



Out of the Frying Pan, into the Wetlands

Malaysia: It’s early on a Sunday morning in July, and they’re here to witness the swarm of horseshoe crabs being released into the wetland on Malaysia’s eastern coast. For these ancient yet imperiled living fossils—they predate dinosaurs by 200 million years, and have changed little since—this was the last stop on a four-day, 250-kilometer journey meant to save them from becoming someone’s dinner. Now, they’re free to swim in Southeast Asia’s first horseshoe crab conservation area. download the pdf.


Horseshoe Crabs in Europe


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.


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

November 2, 2017

Young Voices, Horseshoe Crabs and the Arts 2017

Delaware: Our 2017 contest year received 585 entries from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Mauritius and the USA. Our judges selected 36 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 programs 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 years selected artist download the pdf.

September 29, 2017

Delaware’s Marine Animal

Delaware: Horseshoe crab, longtime resident. download the pdf.

September 15, 2017

Horseshoe Crab’s Blue Blood Saves Lives

Norway: An article about horseshoe crabs, the life saving properties of their blood and the risks they face in Asia from loss of habitat and the unsustainable harvest of the Tachypleus species for human consumption and the production of Tachypleus Amebocyte Lysate (TAL) used by the pharmaceutical /biomedical industry operating in China to detect the presence of endotoxins in injectable drugs and implantable devises, which are life threatening vs Limulus Amebocyte Lysate (LAL) used throughout the rest of the world for endotoxin testing and produced from the blood of the Limulus species, whose harvest is regulated. ERDG’s conservation efforts and Just flip ’em!™ program were also mentioned. download the pdf.