Horseshoe Crab Count Underway on East Coast

Crab Count Underway on East Coast
Horseshoe Crab, Photo/New England Boating, Kendra Sousa

Citizen scientists all along the eastern seaboard are being enlisted to count and tag horseshoe crabs during their spawning season, which peaks around the full moons of May and June, according to an article on

Every state on the East Coast has volunteer programs for counting horseshoe crabs. The counts influence the harvest quotas set by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and implemented individually by the states.

Read more about the counting of horseshoe crabs on the East Coast.