Tag Archives: Horseshoe Crab

Big Read! – The Blood of the Crab

Meghan Owings plucks a horseshoe crab out of a tank and bends its helmet-shaped shell in half to reveal a soft white membrane. Owings inserts a needle and draws a bit of blood. “See how blue it is,” she says, holding the syringe up to the light. It really is. The liquid shines cerulean in the tube. When she’s done with the show and tell, Owings squirts the contents of the syringe back into the tank. I gasp. “That’s thousands of dollars!” I exclaim, and can’t help but think of the scene in Annie Hall when Woody Allen is trying cocaine for the first time and accidentally sneezes, blowing the coke everywhere. I’m not crazy for my concern. The cost of crab blood has been quoted as high as $14,000 per quart. click here to read the article 17:58

Commercial Horseshoe Crab Fishery in Del. to Close July 9

Officials say Delaware’s commercial horseshoe crab harvest is approaching this year’s quota of 154,527 horseshoe crabs, prompting DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife to announce that, in accordance with Delaware law and regulations, the horseshoe crab fishery will close at 12:01 a.m., Thursday. Afterward, officials say, it is unlawful in Delaware to harvest horseshoe crabs this year. Read the rest here 11:05

Commercial crabber fined for failure to report horseshoe crab harvest

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  Enforcement’s investigation found that Mick had harvested approximately 3,000 horseshoe crabs over a two-day period without reporting his take. Read more here 09:24

Horseshoe luck – Dwindling horseshoe stocks – Division of Marine Fisheries has requested additional data

To be fair, the Division of Marine Fisheries makes several good points. Hard data is preferable to anecdotal observations; the more statistical information available, the better the decision-making process. Similarly, Fisheries Director Paul Diodati makes a good argument when he notes that a ban in Wellfleet Harbor would only push the problem somewhere else. [email protected]