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

10/05/19

After 450 Million Years, the Chinese Horseshoe Crab is now Endangered

China: The horseshoe crab has been around since before the dinosaurs. Over the past 30 years, numbers in China, home to one of four species of this “living fossil”, have plummeted. One of the main reasons is demand for the animal’s copper-based blood, which is used to make the most sensitive indicator of bacteria ever discovered. In March this year, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) listed the Chinese horseshoe crab (also known as the tri-spine horseshoe) as endangered. But few people in China are aware of the plight of this 450-million-year- old creature, and experts are calling for stronger measures to protect it. download the pdf.

05/27/19

Grilled Horseshoe Crabs a Big Hit in Malaysia

Malaysia: A stall offering exotic seafood, belangkas bakar (grilled horseshoe crabs), is attracting visitors at Padang Wahid Ramadan Bazaar in Kedawang. According to seller, Zaitun Jaafar, 22, horseshoe crabs prepared in various cooking styles — grilled, boiled, cooked in sambal, masak lemak cili padi and kerabustyle are offered at her stall daily. download the pdf.

 

Horseshoe Crabs in Europe

08/19/19

Blue-Blooded Crabs at Heart of Pharma Dispute on Drug Testing

Zurich: Swiss biotech Lonza and U.S.-based Charles River Laboratories are the biggest suppliers of crab blood-based endotoxin tests, which detect bacterial contamination in intravenous drugs and medical implants. They are now at odds over the future of this testing, as Lonza urges adoption of a synthetic alternative called recombinant Factor C (rFC), amid pressure from wildlife campaigners and worries about supply reliability. Meanwhile, Charles River, which is still studying rFC, argues moving too quickly could compromise patient safety. download the pdf.

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.

ERDG in the News

October 5, 2019

After 450 Million Years, the Chinese Horseshoe Crab is now Endangered

China: The horseshoe crab has been around since before the dinosaurs. Over the past 30 years, numbers in China, home to one of four species of this “living fossil”, have plummeted. One of the main reasons is demand for the animal’s copper-based blood, which is used to make the most sensitive indicator of bacteria ever discovered. In March this year, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) listed the Chinese horseshoe crab (also known as the tri-spine horseshoe) as endangered. But few people in China are aware of the plight of this 450-million-year- old creature, and experts are calling for stronger measures to protect it. download the pdf.

October 5, 2019

Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge Project Wins Climate Adaptation Award

Delaware: Both the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge and the adjacent community of Prime Hook Beach are part of ERDG’s Backyard Stewardship™ community horseshoe crab sanctuary program. download the pdf.

August 19, 2019

Blue-Blooded Crabs at Heart of Pharma Dispute on Drug Testing

Zurich: Swiss biotech Lonza and U.S.-based Charles River Laboratories are the biggest suppliers of crab blood-based endotoxin tests, which detect bacterial contamination in intravenous drugs and medical implants. They are now at odds over the future of this testing, as Lonza urges adoption of a synthetic alternative called recombinant Factor C (rFC), amid pressure from wildlife campaigners and worries about supply reliability. Meanwhile, Charles River, which is still studying rFC, argues moving too quickly could compromise patient safety. download the pdf.