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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