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


DNREC’s DuPont Nature Center to host Peace, Love & Horseshoe Crab Festival on May 19, 2018

Delaware: The DuPont Nature Center at Mispillion Harbor Reserve, a DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife facility, will host its ninth annual Peace, Love & Horseshoe Crab Festival, celebrating the spring arrival of spawning horseshoe crabs and migrating shorebirds, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 19 at the center, located at 2992 Lighthouse Road, east of Milford, DE 19963, near Slaughter Beach. Admission is free. The festival will be held rain or shine, except in the case of severe weather or flooding. download the pdf.


Scientists Want Us To Keep Watch for Horseshoe Crabs on Florida’s West Coast

Florida: The shortage of Florida-specific data for trends analysis is why the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission is leading horseshoe crab nesting surveys. download the pdf.


Horseshoe Crabs in Asia


Commission Approves Modern Animal-Free Testing for Drugs

India: In a step that would spare animals from suffering due to drug experiments, the Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission has approved modern, animal-free tests for drug manufacturers. In the 2018 edition of Indian Pharmacopoeia, that provides guidelines on tests for drugs manufactured and marketed in India, the IPC has replaced the pyrogen test carried out on rabbits and the abnormal toxicity test carried out on guinea pigs and mice with tests that can be done in test tubes. download the pdf.


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

China: This 4th Workshop will be held on June 15-20, 2019 in Qinzhou City, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China. The Workshop will be hosted by the IUCN Species Survival Commission Horseshoe Crab Specialist Group, organized by Qinzhou University, Guangxi Key Laboratory of Beibu Gulf Marine Biodiversity Conservation and Guangxi Biodiversity Research and Conservation Association. The conference venue will be at Qinzhou University, and field excursions will be taken place in Beihai City. A formal call for registration and submission of abstracts, and details of other travel information will be announced shortly. 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

May 17, 2018

Inside the Biomedical Revolution to Save Horseshoe Crabs and the Shorebirds That Need Them

New Jersey: The horseshoe crab plays a vital, if little-known, role in the life of anyone who has received an injectable medication. An extract of the horseshoe crab’s blood is used by the pharmaceutical and medical-device industries to ensure that their products, e.g., intravenous drugs, vaccines, and medical devices, are free of bacterial contamination. No other test worked as easily or reliably for this purpose—until now. download the pdf.

May 11, 2018

4th Global Endotoxin Testing Summit

Maryland: The 4th Global Endotoxin Testing Summit will again bring together the community to explore the most pertinent topics of 2018. Presented by a panel of industry thought-leaders, this year’s summit offers a vivid platform to: download the pdf.

May 2, 2018

Group Aims to Halt Horseshoe Crab ‘Kill Zone’ at Pickering Beach

Delaware: In recent years, regulations have been tightened on these practices. The changes have resulted in more population stability, but there is more people can do to ease the plight of the 450 million-year-old species says Mr. Gauvry. On Thursday, a collaborative experimental project between ERDG, the Pickering Beach community and DNREC to build a storm fence across an identified “horseshoe crab kill zone” is one such effort. download the pdf.