March 16, 2016
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Horseshoe crabs have been around for approximately 450 million years and are an important part of a marine ecosystem. Their populations have declined in recent decades due to overfishing and habitat destruction. In order to gain a better understanding of horseshoe crab biology and mating activities, this management plan requires all Atlantic and Gulf coast states to identify horseshoe crab nesting beaches. Photo credit: Diane Flowers, St. Marks Lighthouse

Be a Citizen-Scientist: Help FWC Monitor Horseshoe Crabs Spawning on Beaches

News Release By Frank McCloy | FWC A ritual dating back millions of years takes place again this spring on Florida beaches. Spring marks horseshoe crabs’ mating season, and biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) want the public’s help identifying spawning sites. Beachgoers will likely have the […]
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