The aim of the study, which is currently being funded by Connecticut Sea Grant, is to better understand the ecology of horseshoe crabs in the Long Island Sound, therefore, learning better how to effectively manage them. The Long Island Sound Study Outreach Coordinator of New York Sea Grant and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) work together with the SHU staff in coordinating volunteers on our side of the Sound.
“In the early 1990’s, trawl data from state research vessels noted a marked decline in the number of horseshoe crabs caught from Delaware up through New York and Connecticut including Long Island Sound (LIS),” Dr. Mattei said. “While the species is not endangered and may still be harvested, their economic value and importance to the LIS ecosystem warrant a closer look at their own ecological needs to make sure we have plenty of horseshoe crabs for future generations.”
To learn more see the PBS special Crash
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