Horseshoe Crabs Receive Increased Protection in NY

 

Transmitters to Track Cape Horseshoe Crabs
Horseshoe Crab, Photo/New England Boating, Kendra Sousa

The East Hampton Star reports that New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has moved to protect horseshoe crabs, which have experienced a decline, by giving the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation extended authority for 2 years to limit the harvesting of female crabs, those at beaches where shorebirds feed on their eggs, and mating pairs. The state’s annual quota for horseshoe crabs has been 150,000 since 2009.

Horseshoe crabs are harvested as bait for channeled whelk (conch) and eels, as well as for their blood, which contains a compound considered invaluable for the pharmaceutical industry.

 

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