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Horseshoe Crabs in the Americas

02/12/21

Why Does SC Lab Bleed Horseshoe Crabs for Vaccine Testing?

South Carolina: Charles River, the only company permitted to purchase the animals in South Carolina, is after their blood. Copper-based and colored light blue, the fluid that runs through their hard bodies is exceptionally good at detecting a bacterial toxin that can cause organ failure or death in humans. For almost 30 years in a facility in Charleston, Charles River has bled the horseshoe crabs, then sold a test for contaminants using the blue blood called LAL, named after the species that lives along the Atlantic, Limulus polyphemus. download the pdf.

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.

07/10/18

Bird Flu Hot Spot: Scientists Track Virus in Huge Migration

New Jersey: Huge flocks of famished birds scour the sands of Delaware Bay for the tiny greenish eggs an army of horseshoe crabs lays every spring. It’s a marvel of ecology as shorebirds migrating from South America to the Arctic time a stop critical to their survival to this mass crab spawning. It’s also one of the world’s hot spots for bird flu a bonanza for scientists seeking clues about how influenza evolves so they just might better protect people. download the pdf.

07/03/18

Call for Papers

New York: A new volume of research and considerations in the global efforts to conserve and protect globally the four species of Horseshoe Crabs. Springer, LLC, has approved this book for the inclusion of papers, presentations, workshops and other relevant Horseshoe Crab manuscripts and PowerPoints that may not have been formally published after the conferences held in Sasebo, Japan, Bangkok, Thailand and the Providence, RI CERF Conference. download the pdf.

 

 

06/30/18

Humans Monitor Falling Horseshoe Crab Numbers

Connecticut: In the dark of the new moon, people gathered at Calf Pasture Beach. They were equipped with headlamps, waders, buckets and bug spray, and they were there to solve a mystery: Whatʼs happening to Long Island Soundʼs horseshoe crabs? download the pdf.

05/17/18

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.

05/17/18

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.

01/25/18

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.

10/26/17

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.

10/26/17

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.

10/15/17

Wantagh Students Become Horseshoe Crab Farmers

New York: Inside a fish tank at Mandalay Elementary School are 500 tiny horseshoe crab eggs that are being observed and researched by Horizon’s program students. download the pdf.

10/15/17

New Mascot in Town at Rhodes

Rhode Island: On Thursday morning the school community at Rhodes Elementary School gathered together for a very special event, one that was the result of several years of effort, much hard work by last year’s fourth grade classes and a schoolwide landslide vote last spring. The school mascot was officially changed on Thursday morning from a tiger to a horseshoe crab, marking a new era for Rhodes, a community which is within walking distance to Narragansett Bay, where horseshoe crabs can often be found. download the pdf.

07/20/17

How Horseshoe Crabs Are Saving Us from Healthcare-Associated Infections

Global: There are some newer tests that may replace at least the bacteria-detecting role of LAL and TAL, which are not made from horseshoe crab blood. One is recombinant factor C — synthetic version of Factor C, a clotting factor in horseshoe crab blood, from cloned DNA. Another uses human blood. It’s called the monocyte activation test (MAT), also known as the in-vitro pyrogen test, and it may eventually detect non-endotoxin bacteria that horseshoe crab blood can’t reveal. Scientists continue to develop those methods so they can be more reliable and widely used, while also searching for other alternatives. download the pdf.

06/22/17

Delaware’s 2017 Horseshoe Crab Commercial Fishery to Close June 22

Delaware: DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today that Delaware’s 2017 commercial harvest quota of 162,136 male horseshoe crabs has been met, and that the horseshoe crab fishery will close at 12:01 a.m., Thursday, June 22 in accordance with Delaware law and regulations. The fishery will remain closed the rest of the year. download the pdf.

05/15/17

Horseshoe Crab Ban Okayed for Stratford

Connecticut: The House on Wednesday morning unanimously approved a ban on the harvesting or killing of horseshoe crabs along a section of the Stratford shoreline where the primitive shellfish spawn. download the pdf.

05/13/17

Horseshoe Crab Prevails as Rhodes Mascot

Rhode Island: For months, the fourth grade students at E.S. Rhodes Elementary School in Susan Weber’s and Stephanie Pearson’s classes have been working hard researching, educating and lobbying their school community for a change in the traditional school mascot, the tiger, for a more meaningful mascot, the horseshoe crab. download the pdf.

03/14/17

Florida Fish and Wildlife: Be a Citizen-Scientist This Horseshoe Crab Spawning Season

Florida: Spring is approaching and that means it is peak mating season for horseshoe crabs. Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) are asking the public to report horseshoe crab sightings. download the pdf.

03/02/17

Horseshoe Crabs Need Catch Limits Maintained

Massachusetts: This letter was sent to David Pierce, director of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries. On behalf of Mass Audubon, I submit the following comments on the proposed amendments to regulations governing the catch of horseshoe crabs. This proposed amendment would: a. Increase the horseshoe crab mobile gear trip limits from 300 crabs to 600 crabs effective no later than July 1; and b. Exempt mobile gear fishermen from all or some of the springtime lunar closures. download the pdf.

02/13/17

Call for Abstracts CERF 2017

Rhode Island: The IUCN Horseshoe Crab Specialist Group invites abstracts for a Special Session entitled, “Linking Species and Habitat Conservation for Global Horseshoe Crab Populations,” which has been accepted into the program of the 2017 Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) Meeting. The conference will be held at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, Rhode Island (USA) from November 5-9, 2017. The deadline for abstract submission is 1 May 2017, and the deadline for early registration is 15 May 2017. Information about the meeting, as well as travel and hotel information is available at the conference website. download the pdf.

02/12/17

Legislators Propose Bill to Ban Harvest of Stratford Horseshoe Crabs

Connecticut: A pair of state legislators want to ban fishermen from harvesting horseshoe crab along the town’s shoreline to protect a species some believe is struggling in Long Island Sound. download the pdf.

02/11/17

Vineyard Fishermen Warn of Ruin If Conch Rule Enacted

Massachusetts: Vineyarders had no problem with the state clarifying the striped bass rule, but objected to another proposal that, starting June 10, would double the trip limit for horseshoe crabs, from 300 to 600, and eliminate the five-day lunar spawning closures. “If we go to 600 crabs, they’re going to give us a buck apiece for them,” Mr. Krzyzewski said, referring to horseshoe crab buyers from the biomedical industry and those who use the crabs as bait. download the pdf.

12/27/16

State of Rhode Island Tightens Horseshoe Crab Harvest Regulations

Rhode Island: Rhode Island’s horseshoe crab population is not plummeting, it is not increasing, either, so the state is trying to manage the stock to ensure its long term survival, while considering the needs of commercial harvesters. Following a Dec. 5 hearing that included submissions from the Rhode Island Marine Fisheries Council, scientists, commercial harvesters and Save the Bay, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is expected to approve new amendments to regulations governing the horseshoe crab harvest. The changes will take effect on Jan. 1, 2017. download the pdf.

12/23/16

American Horseshoe Crab is Vulnerable to Extinction

USA: The IUCN Horseshoe Crab Species Specialist Group recently determined that based on Red List criteria the American horseshoe crab is Vulnerable to extinction, which is an elevated level of risk compared to the previous Red List assessment completed in 1996.  The scientific assessment which provided the basis for the Red List assessment has been peer-reviewed and published in Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries. The citation is: Smith, D. R., H. J. Brockmann, M. Beekey, T. L. King, M. J. Millard, and J. Zaldívar Rae. 2016. Status assessment of the American horseshoe crab (Limulus polyphemus). Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries doi:10.1007/s11160-016-9461-y., and is available at http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11160-016-9461-y/fulltext.html , ERDG’s “Research” and “News” sections download the pdf.

12/12/16

Unlocking the Mysteries to Early Life on Earth

Canada: Before North America was a continent — before animals, before plants and trees, before land plates shifted — the area that is now the Grand Rapids Uplands in Manitoba was located near the equator. The Earth’s temperature was higher. There was less oxygen. Volcanos stewed. The world was different. Download the pdf.

12/12/16

Creating a ‘Living Shoreline’ with Reef Balls

Connecticut: Meandering rows of the thousand-pound dome-shaped cement balls create an artificial reef. Each ball is punctuated with holes that allow the tide and small sea creatures through. Over the past couple years the reef, planted just off shore, has begun to not only stop erosion but reverse it. download the pdf.

10/27/16

ASMFC Horseshoe Crab Management Board Sets 2017 Harvest Quotas for the Delaware Bay Region

Delaware Bay: 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 2017 season. download the pdf.

09/24/16

Project to Restore Horseshoe Crab Spawning Beach at Mispillion Harbor

Delaware: Mispillion Harbor has been fragile since a fast-moving winter storm in January 1992 caused significant damage and erosion. Several major storms since then, including a Mother’s Day weekend nor’easter in 2008, Hurricane Irene in 2011 and Hurricane Sandy in 2012, caused more sand loss and damage. download the pdf.

08/02/16

Scientists Seek Ways for Oyster Farms, Red knots to Co-exist on Delaware Bay

New Jersey: Joe Moro sold his restaurant in West Chester, Pennsylvania, several years ago and retired to North Cape May and the life of a Delaware Bay oyster farmer. Now he spends five days a week doing manual labor on the mud flats of the bay at low tide, growing oysters known as Cape May Salts. download the pdf.

08/02/16

Horseshoe Crab Harvest, Threatened Red knot at Odds

South Carolina: The blue blood crab versus the bird that “flies to the moon.” That’s a fight state and federal regulators don’t want to referee. But the latest conservationist move to force a critical habitat designation for the threatened red knot has them worried. download the pdf.

05/13/16

Rare Horseshoe Crab Fossil Named in Honor of Nova Scotia Woman

Canada: In the scientific paper, detailing the work of Mansky and two scientists from the New Mexico Museum of Natural
History and Science, an extremely rare horseshoe crab fossil from Nova Scotia is described as a new species. download the pdf.

11/13/15

New Life for Fowler Beach

Delaware: Better beach for horseshoe crabs: The beach is being rebuilt with coarse sand in an effort to create a better environment for horseshoe crabs to lay their eggs. “Our greatest hope is that next May or early June we have horseshoe crabs using this restored beach,” said Al Rizzo, project leader for the Coastal Delaware National Wildlife Refuge Complex. “The grain size of the sand we are using is not that great for human use, but it’s perfect for the crabs, and that’s what we all about.” download the pdf.

08/21/15

Cuomo Signs Bill to Benefit Horseshoe Crabs

New York:  While one town on Long Island is pushing Albany for a ban on the harvesting of horseshoe crabs, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed two new horseshoe crab protection bills Aug. 13. The new laws extend the DEC’s authority to regulate the horseshoe crab fishery for two years, and also limits the harvest of female horseshoe crabs, mating horseshoe crabs and crabs found at shorebird-feeding beaches. download the pdf.

07/29/15

Waterman Arrested in Delaware for Numerous Fisheries Charges

Delaware: DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers arrested a New Jersey-based, Delaware-licensed commercial waterman July 24 on numerous fisheries-related charges and a felony after he tried to evade a fisheries compliance boarding on Delaware Bay and steered his vessel away and into the path of a police boat, that’s according to Wildlife officials. download the pdf.

07/24/15

The Horseshoe Crab’s Evolutionary Success

The name of the horseshoe crab and the adjectives used to describe it are misnomers. It isn’t a crab, and its helmet-like shape only vaguely resembles a horseshoe. Beachgoers often describe them as primitive, crawling out of the dawn of time. But primitive is a value-laden term implying simplicity instead of complexity, and favoring the latter. download the pdf.

07/12/15

Horseshoe Crab Tagging Program Underway at Dauphin Island Sea Lab

Alabama: Dr. Ruth H. Carmichael, Senior Marine Scientist, DISL and Associate Professor at University of South Alabama, and undergraduate Sean Carter, a rising senior at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, are initiating the study. While the crabs have been studied extensively in other areas of the U.S. and even other areas of the Gulf of Mexico, such as Mexicoand Florida, very little investigation has been done on the topic as it relates to the Alabama coast. download the pdf.

07/11/15

Broadkill Beach Expansion on Track for 2016 Completion

Delaware: A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project to expand Broadkill Beach is on schedule — despite having to work around spawning horseshoe crabs this summer. The Army Corps’s contractor has laid down about a quarter of the 1.9 million cubic yards of sand they plan to add to the Sussex County beach. The fill is being dredged from the Delaware River navigational channel. download the pdf. watch video

03/23/15

Concerns Over Red Knots, Horseshoe Crabs, Oysters Spark Debate

New Jersey: The fates of a migratory shorebird, horseshoe crabs, and the state’s oyster industry have converged at the center of a debate over how each should be accommodated where they come together every spring, in New Jersey tidal flats along the Delaware Bay. download the pdf.

01/21/15

Red Knot Protection Could Take Toll on Oyster Industry, Beach Replenishment

New Jersey: A recent decision by the federal government to list a migratory shorebird as a threatened species could have implications beyond the Delaware Bay beaches where the birds come each spring to feed on horseshoe crab eggs. The listing could impact things such as beach-replenishment projects and the growing oyster-farming industry along the bay, federal officials say. download the pdf.

10/30/14

ASMFC Horseshoe Crab Board Sets 2015 Specifications for Horseshoe Crabs of Delaware Bay Origin

Delaware Bay: The Commission’s Horseshoe Crab Management Board has approved the harvest specifications for horseshoe crabs of Delaware Bay origin. Under the Adaptive Resource Management (ARM) Framework, the Board maintained a harvest limit of 500,000 Delaware Bay male horseshoe crabs and zero female horseshoe crabs for the 2015 season. download the pdf.

06/19/14

Commercial Crabber Fined for Failure to Report Harvest

Delaware: DNREC Natural Resources Police, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement agents cited commercial fisherman Travis J. Mick, 31, of Milford, for failure to report horseshoe crab landings within a 24-hour limit as required by state regulations. download the pdf.

06/18/14

Horseshoe Crab Limit Reached, Fishery to Close

Delaware: Wildlife officials say Delaware’s harvest limit of horseshoe crabs for 2014 has been reached, and the fishery will close. download the pdf.

06/16/14

Delaware Gets Millions to Help Beaches, Wetlands

Delaware: Three wetlands, Bombay Hook, Mispillion Harbor and the marshes near Little Creek, will be part of a $102.7 million federal initiative to build storm and sea-level-rise resilience by using green infrastructure – such as beaches and wetlands – to minimize the impact of flooding, coastal destruction and storm surge. download the pdf.

06/16/14

Federal Grant Will Help Turn an Old Broad Channel Marina into a Sunset Cove

New York: Sunset Cove will be among 54 sites along the Atlantic Coast to receive a cut of $102.7 million in federal matching grants to help battle future storms, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said Monday in Broad Channel. Once littered with trash and broken boats, the former dumping ground will be transformed into a natural preserve with one of the best sunset views in the city. download the pdf.

06/15/14

Community Stewardship Gives Legs to Crab Program

New Jersey: Twice in the past two weeks, the residents of Downe Township have proudly demonstrated their community’s commitment to protecting the local ecosystem and the horseshoe crab/shorebird phenomenon that occurs annually each spring. download the pdf.

06/13/14

Teachers Learn 10 Key Things About Horseshoe Crabs at Audubon Workshop

Connecticut: Milford teachers who attended a workshop given by Project Limulus June 13 at the Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center learned 10 things about horseshoe crabs right off the bat. Then, for the next 36 hours, they discovered things they may never have dreamed of about these fascinating creatures. download the pdf.

06/12/14

Monitoring the Night of the Horseshoe Crabs

New York: Cornell Cooperative Extension scientists help run the New York Horseshoe Crab Monitoring Network, which collects data on the number, size and gender of horseshoe crabs that come up on the beach at 16 sites throughout Long Island early each summer. They rely on citizen volunteers of all ages to help them tag and measure the horseshoe crabs. download the pdf.

06/01/14

Horseshoe Crabs: Moonlight Dalliances, but Dwindling Numbers

Rhode Island: Even though darkness is falling and ominous clouds are gathering in the northeast, Scott Olszewski pulls on his waterproof boots and sets out down the deserted beach at Napatree Point. With all else aligning nicely, he just needs the storm to hold off and the winds to cooperate to witness a primitive spectacle — a veritable orgy on the beach. download the pdf.

05/25/14

Horseshoe Crab Spawning Season a Boon for Shorebirds

South Carolina: Tagging horseshoe crabs on Harbor Island. More than 30 volunteers participated in a S.C. Department of Natural Resources program, conducted by DNR veterinarian Al Segars, to tag horseshoe crabs as they came ashore on Harbor Island to mate May 25, 2013. download the pdf.

05/20/14

Primeval Species Crowds Delaware Bay Beaches

New Jersey:  About 100 people gathered on the shore of Kimbles Beach in Middle Township on Thursday, May 15, and Heidi Hanlon had to raise her voice to be heard over children’s squeals and the low conversations of adults. “Who wants to go and pick up one of the male horseshoe crabs for tagging?” asked Hanlon, a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge. download the pdf.

05/08/14

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Completes $1.65 Million Beach Restoration Project on New Jersey’s Delaware Bay

New Jersey: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has completed the first of 31 Hurricane Sandy coastal resilience projects focusing on rebuilding natural areas along the Atlantic Coast. The $1.65 million beach restoration project restored five beaches on Cape May’s inner shoreline, including Kimbles Beach, Reeds Beach, Moores Beach, Cooks Beach and Pierces Point. download the pdf.

05/07/14

Costly Bids Under Review for Dredging Project

Delaware: A contract solicitation for the southern most stretch in July failed to attract bidders, prompting surprised officials to rework timetables and work requirements to give more time and flexibility on the water. The concessions included waiving horseshoe crab spawning work restrictions during 2015. download the pdf.

04/18/14

DEC Weighs Limits on Whelk Harvest

New York: The rules also would prohibit the importation, sale and use of Asian horseshoe crabs. The whelk reporting and Asian horseshoe crab rules are expected to take effect this summer. download the pdf.

02/06/14

Horseshoe Crab Management Board Meeting Summary

Virginia: The Horseshoe Crab Management Board met to review a North Carolina transfer request, receive an update on the New England and New York stock status trends, and discuss confidentiality and mortality issues in the biomedical sector. download the pdf.

12/22/13

New Refit Plan for Broadkill Beach

Delaware: State regulators have loosened some environmental restrictions for a federal widening of vulnerable Broadkill Beach, after a more-traditional Army Corps of Engineers contract offer failed to attract any bidders earlier this year. download the pdf.

11/16/13

Prime Hook: Plan Will Rebuild Saltwater System

Delaware: U.S. Fish & Wildlife officials have decided the best course of action to rebuild the decimated marshes is to return the refuge to what it once was. During a standing-room only public workshop Nov. 13 at the Milford library, officials presented for the first time the science behind the plan to restore the refuge. By Ron MacArthur | Nov 15, 2013| Cape Gazette. download the pdf.

09/19/13

Prohibition on Possession or use of Asian Horseshoe Crabs

Delaware: The purpose of this action seeks to define and prevent the possession and use of Asian horseshoe crabs to protect human health and the shellfish resources of the State of Delaware. download the pdf.

07/12/13

ECOs Arrests Lead To Felony Charges Against Horseshoe Crabbers

New York: Three Patchogue men are facing criminal charges after a nighttime surveillance effort by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) found these individuals had illegally harvested nearly 1,500 horseshoe crabs in the course of one night. download the pdf.

05/31/13

It’s Dark, but We See You: Release the Horseshoe Crabs

New York: The poachers have become a problem in New York in recent years, said Marin Hawk, who deals with the management of horseshoe crabs at the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. Since New Jersey instated a moratorium on taking the animals in 2008, she said, demand has increased in other states where they can be taken, but only inside of strict quotas and with proper licenses. Such licenses were not found on the men in Jamaica Bay, the authorities said. download the pdf.

05/29/13

Researchers Declare Success in 15-Year Quest for Artificial Bait

Delaware: For more than 15 years, University of Delaware researcher Nancy Targett has been on an odd and elusive quest to identify just what it is in the scent of a horseshoe crab that makes it such an alluring bait. download the pdf.

10/25/12

ASMFC Horseshoe Crab Board Sets Annual Specifications in Adaptive Multi-Species Management

Delaware Region: The Commission’s Horseshoe Crab Management Board has 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 2013 season. download the pdf.

09/12/12

Coastal Studies to Shore up Action

Delaware: Residents in Delaware Bay communities from Broadkill Beach north to Kitts Hummock are about to find out what the long-term plans are to save their part of the coastline from sea-level rise.  download the pdf.

09/11/12

New Fossil Discovery Offers Clues to Evolutionary Change of Horseshoe Crab Legs

Britain: A new fossil discovery in Britain captures a previously unseen stage in the evolution of these ancient arthropods—the transformation of two-branched legs into nearly identical but separately attached limbs, one of which was destined to disappear. download the pdf.

09/04/12

Stunning Discovery: World’s Longest Fossilized ‘Death Track’

Germany: According to an international team of paleontologists, a 9.7-meter-long mortichnia of a horseshoe crab unearthed at a famous fossil locality in Germany is the longest complete fossilized death track ever found. download the pdf.

09/01/12

Horseshoe Crab Artificial Reef Sculpture Shatters During Installation at Jersey Shore

New Jersey: The barge landed on top of the sunken sculpture, further shattering it, according to a report in Ocean City Patch, an online news site. download the pdf.

07/22/12

Massive Horseshoe Crab Sculpture to Become Artificial Reef

New Jersey: The precious cargo perched atop a 50-foot-longbarge isn’t a shiny white yacht or cabin cruiser — it’s a 48-foot-long, 25,000-pound concrete horseshoe crab. The sculpture dwarfs the vessels, lurking like some sea monster in a Japanese horror film. And the fact that it’s made out of concrete and is completely unseaworthy, is precisely what makes it so precious. download the pdf.

06/08/12

Horseshoe Crab and Whelk Processors & Dealers Contribute $10,000 to Horseshoe Crab Trawl Survey

Virginia: Members of the horseshoe crab and whelk industry from the Chesapeake Bay Packing, LLC and Bernie’s Conchs, LLC, have collectively pledged $10,000 to support the Horseshoe Crab Trawl Survey for 2012. download the pdf.

03/28/12

Medical Testing Firm Plans to Increase Business Here

Virginia: A company whose product is used to test pharmaceuticals will be expanding with the recent purchase of the building it is renting here — the former Port of Cape Charles Sustainable Technologies Industrial Park structure. download the pdf.

03/23/12

A Shorebird, a Crab and a Call to Action

Delaware Bay: The red knot has begun its 9,300-mile migration from its wintering areas in thePatagonia and Tierra del Fuego regions of Argentina to its mating grounds in the Canadian Arctic. Like clockwork, the shorebird makes a crucial two-week stop each May in Delaware Bay; it is estimated that nearly 90 percent of the entire red knot population of can be found there on a single May day.The bird’s annual arrival coincides with horseshoe crab spawning. Crab eggs are essential to the redknot, which consumes enough to double its body weight and gain the strength to complete the nonstop last leg of the journey north. download the pdf.

02/13/12

ASMFC Horseshoe Crab Board Approves Addendum VII

Virginia: The Commission’s Horseshoe Crab Management Boad has approved Addendum VII to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan. The Addendum implements the Adaptive Resource Management (ARM) Framework, which incorporates both shorebird and horseshoe crab abundance levels to set optimized horseshoe crab harvest levels for the Delaware Bay area. download the pdf.

09/22/11

Corbett to Release $15 Million to Continue Deepening of Delaware River Shipping Canal

Delaware Bay: To continue the 103-mile deepening of the Delaware River shipping channel, Gov. Corbett announced Wednesday that Pennsylvania would immediately release $15 million to dredge the next four- to five-milestretch of the river. As the project’s local sponsor, Pennsylvania footed the $30 million cost of deepening to 45 feet, from 40 feet,the first 13-mile section of channel last year. download the pdf.

09/16/11

Delaware Audubon Society, et al., v. Ken Salazar, et al.,

Delaware: Memorandum Opinion, Plaintiffs Delaware Audubon Society and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (“PEER”) oppose a plan by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (“FWS”) to build berms and repair sand dunes on and adjacent to the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. download the pdf.

09/14/11

New Jersey Should Invest in Horseshoe Crabs, Biologist Says

Delaware Bay: It sounds like ghoulish business, but drawing blood from horseshoe crabs is worth at least $200 million a year, with steadily growing demand — and increasing worries that the supply could diminish. download the pdf.

08/04/11

Horseshoe Crab Board Initiates Addendum VII to Implement Adaptive Management

Virginia: The Commission’s Horseshoe Crab Management Board voted to initiate Addendum VII to implement the Adaptive Resource Management framework. The framework, under development since 2007, will incorporate both shorebird and horseshoe crab abundance levels when considering the optimized horseshoe crab harvest level for the Delaware Bay area. The ARM framework was developed by the Commission, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Geological Survey in recognition of the importance of horseshoe crab eggs to shorebirds in the Delaware Bay Region and was peer-reviewed in 2009. download the pdf.

07/28/11

Horseshoe Crab Survey Funding Secured

Virginia: Full funding for the 2011 Virginia Tech Horseshoe Crab Trawl Survey has been secured through a matching donation from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF). NFWF funds match the combined $100,000 contribution from Lonza Walkersville, Inc. and Charles River Laboratory, providing the full $200,000 needed for survey operations in 2011. download the pdf.

07/08/11

Friday Fossil

Canada: Although it’s admittedly very pretty, Mesolimulus is actually a friday fossil because, if you were to wander along the Northwest Atlantic coast, you be forgiven for thinking Mesolimulus had become depetrified, had crawled out of the museums it was held in and had returned to the oceans once again. download the pdf.

07/05/11

Red Knots and Horseshoe Crabs Knotted Together

Delaware Bay: Speculation that the welfare of a small, at-risk shorebird is directly tied to horseshoe crab populations is in part supported by new scientific research, according to a U.S. Geological Survey- led study published in Ecosphere, a journal of the Ecological Society of America. download the pdf.

07/02/11

How the Life-Saving Blue Blood of Horseshoe Crabs Is Extracted

South Carolina: Inside of Horseshoe crabs, the primitive-looking arthropods that can be found scurrying across the muddy and sandy bottoms of the ocean floor in shallow waters, is a powder-blue blood that you probably owe your life to. download the pdf.

06/28/11

Horseshoe Crabs Surveyed on Martha’s Vineyard

Massachusetts: This story began a year ago. There were four of us volunteers in the moonlight, standing on a beach at Tashmoo under a full moon. With the tide at its highest the occasion might have been considered romantic, if one were not engaged in a serious scientific enterprise. Our eyes were fixed on the slow ripples coming to dissipate on the sand at our feet. download the pdf.

06/20/11

Students, Volunteers Help SoundWaters Research Horseshoe Crabs

Connecticut: SoundWaters, a Stamford-based environmental education organization, is in its fifth year of tagging and researching the docile creatures, Shemitz said. Each year, students from Stamford Public Schools and public volunteers help the nonprofit engage in an important scientific study of the horseshoe crab’s travel habits by tagging the creatures that come near the shore, she said. download the pdf.

06/20/11

Would a Horseshoe Crab Harvest Ban Save the Red Knot?

Maryland: This much seems indisputable: The over-harvest of horseshoe crabs has contributed to the red knots’ plight. But exactly how much so — and even whether a moratorium on the crabs is justified — is not quite so clear. download the pdf.

06/18/11

Birds Gamble on Survival on Shores of Delaware Bay

Delaware Bay: Changing water temperatures and more frequent, intense storms seem to disrupt the synchronization of the spawning of crabs and the birds that rely on them for food to fuel a 10,000-mile spring migration. download the pdf.

06/18/11

Under a Full Moon, a Search for Horseshoe Crabs

New York: The full moon rose blood-pink over the Rockaways Wednesday night. On Plum Beach in Brooklyn, a narrow stretch of unpristine sand stashed behind a notorious Belt Parkway rest area, it was time to count the horseshoe crabs. download the pdf.

06/09/11

Lower Township Clears Way for Stairs After Seawall Left Residents Cut Off

New Jersey: The township has agreed to be liable for a set of stairs that could finally give Redwood Avenue residents access to the beach. The agreement could settle a key issue that has been preventing the residents from getting to the water. download the pdf.

06/03/11

Cape Cod Needs Crab Counters

Massachusetts: Horseshoe crabs at Dowse’s Beach in Osterville doing their best to continue the species. Researchers of these ancient creatures say that’s a good thing. download the pdf.

05/26/11

Horseshoe Crabs Day at Sandy Point State Park

Maryland: On a beautiful beach of Sandy Point State Park all week, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is hosting Raising Horseshoe Crabs in the Classroom field days for students of schools participating in a special program about this important species. download the pdf.

05/22/11

Red Knot Shorebirds in Decline

Delaware Bay: After a couple of years of relative stability, the western Atlantic population of red knot shorebirds are in a nosedive again, and researchers are on Delaware Bay this spring looking for clues. download the pdf.

05/21/11

Researchers Want to Raise Horseshoe Crabs From Eggs, and Hopefully Replenish the Species

New Jersey: Woodruff works at the university’s aquaculture facility in Lower Township, where the staff cultivates oysters. But they are looking to expand their scope to raise horseshoe crabs from eggs for release back into the wild to give the creatures a head-start against hungry predators. download the pdf.

05/19/11

Liquid Crystal Droplets Could Replace Horseshoe Crab Blood in Common Endotoxin Test

Wisconsin: Researchers at the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Wisconsin- Madison have found what may be a more effective way to test for endotoxin that involves liquid crystals, the same material used to make some flat screen computer monitors and televisions. download the pdf.

05/03/11

State Announces May and June Horseshoe Crab Closures

Massachusetts: Last month, the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries released a calendar of horseshoe crab closures. download the pdf.

04/27/11

Beachgoers Can Help Biologists Learn About Spawning Horseshoe Crabs

Florida: This spring, mating horseshoe crabs will gather at sandy beaches throughout the state. Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissionʼs (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute need help from the public to identify horseshoe crab spawning areas. download the pdf.

04/15/11

Volunteers Needed to Help Tag Horseshoe Crabs with Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk

Connecticut: It may not be sweet romance but the spring moons soon will be drawing male and female horseshoe crabs up onto our beaches for an annual mating ritual. Staff from The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk will be on hand to greet them. But your help is needed. download the pdf.

03/22/11

Shoreline Protection to Remain in Maurice River

New Jersey: If the government makes another engineering mistake, according to Capt. George Kumor, there should be a performance bond required to protect residents from the consequences. download the pdf.

03/07/11

New Jersey Seeks To Have Red Knots Listed As Endangered

New Jersey: In the awkward and contentious dance that wildlife advocates, fishing interests, andregulators are engaged in over the intertwined lives of the horseshoe crab and a tinyshorebird, New Jersey has taken the latest step. download the pdf.

02/15/11

Fight Over Dredging Continues

Delaware Bay: Five environmental groups from Delaware and New Jersey have appealed federal court rulings