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The Delaware Bay Horseshoe Crab Survey

The Delaware Bay Horseshoe Crab Survey was founded in 1990, and received government support beginning in 1999. Volunteers collect data on Horseshoe crabs through beach surveys, providing critical information for scientists and policymakers about Horseshoe crab populations in the Delaware Bay. Data from the survey has helped the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) set protocols for commercial fishing. Limuli Labs, a company that relies on horseshoe crabs to support medical research and practice, provides funding for the project website.

Project URL: http://horseshoecrabsurvey.com

Geographic Scope: Regional (13 beaches in Delaware and 12 beaches in New Jersey)

Status: Active

Recruiting Volunteers: Yes, this project is recruiting

Participation Tasks: Data entry, Learning, Measurement, Observation, Site selection and/or description,

Start Date: 1990

Project Contact: bhall@udel.edu

Federal Government Sponsor:

USGS logo NOAA logo Fish and Wildlife Service logo

Other Federal Government Sponsor:

Name of Nonfederal Sponsors: Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR), State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Delaware State Parks, Delaware River Keepers, Delaware Fish and Wildlife Service, New Jersey Fish and Wildlife Service, University of Delaware, Limuli Laboratories

Project Topic: Animals, Biology, Ecology and environment, Health and medicine, Nature and outdoors, Ocean/water and marine, Science policy,

Intended Outcomes: Programmatic, Research development, Civic and community, Individual learning, Conservation,