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New Artificial Bait Could Reduce Stress on Horseshoe Crabs

Horseshoe crabs are a popular bait for eel and whelk, but scientist seek a more sustainable bait

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Horseshoe crabs, whose eggs are vital to migratory shorebird feeding stopovers, have strict harvest quotas due to over harvesting in the 1990s. A research team led by Nancy Targett, director of Delaware Sea Grant, has developed an artificial bait that has the potential to reduce the number of horseshoe crabs needed to catch eel and whelk.


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