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


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.


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.


Horseshoe Crabs in Asia


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.


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

February 23, 2018

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.

February 13, 2018

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.

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.