MA Issues Horseshoe Crab Harvest Closures

Horseshoe Crabs mating, photo/Wikimedia.

The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries has released its calendar of horseshoe crab harvest closures. The closures are designed to protect spawning horseshoe crabs, which are harvested for eel- and conch-trap bait and biomedical purposes.

Horseshoe crab harvesting is illegal during the following lunar periods in 2011:

  • Sunday, May 1 through Thursday, May 5
  • Sunday, May 15 through Thursday, May 19
  • Monday, May 30 through Friday, June 3
  • Monday June 13 through Friday, June 17

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