Regulators to Discuss Horseshoe Crab Harvest

Horseshoe Crabs mating, photo/Wikimedia.
Horseshoe Crabs mating, photo/Wikimedia.

Interstate fishing regulators who want to get a firmer handle on how many horseshoe crabs die as part of their harvest for biomedical held a meeting [Wednesday, Oct. 26] to discuss the issue.

The crabs are harvested for their blue blood, which is used to make sure medical products aren’t contaminated. Their blood contains a chemical that can be used to detect bacteria.

Read more about the discussion on horseshoe crab mortality.