horseshoe crab

A bioeconomic analysis of ecosystem-based horseshoe crab fishery management (RCE-3)

Investigator:  Sunny L. Jardine — University of Delaware

Current horseshoe crab management policies do not take into account the transfer of harvesting effort from one locale to another. Harvest restrictions in...Read more

Saving the Horseshoe Crab: Designing a More Sustainable Bait for Regional Eel and Conch Fisheries

For years, commercial eel and whelk fishers have dealt with a dilemma: They know the best bait to attract eel and whelk, locally known as conch, is a female horseshoe crab. However, harvest limits are in place to protect the Delaware Bay’s horseshoe crab population and the threatened migratory...Read more

Saving the Horseshoe Crab: Designing a More Sustainable Bait for Regional Eel and Conch Fisheries

For years, commercial eel and whelk fishers have dealt with a dilemma: They know the best bait to attract eel and whelk, locally known as conch, is a female horseshoe crab. However, harvest limits are in place to protect the Delaware Bay’s horseshoe crab population and the threatened migratory shorebirds that depend on their eggs as a food source. A new alternative bait was developed by Delaware Sea Grant and many partners to help reduce the number of horseshoe crabs harvested from Delaware Bay.Read more