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CT horseshoe crabs need your help

February 27, 2017 | Marine Animals


We have a big cheer today for Connecticut state Rep. Joe Gresko (D-Stratford) and state Rep. Ben McGorty (R-Shelton) who introduced legislation (HB 6353) that would ban fishermen from harvesting horseshoe crabs along Stratford’s shoreline to protect the species.

Gresko has explained that the legislation is backed by research from Sacred Heart University’s biology department that shows dangerously low breeding rates for the crab. Friends of Animals supports legislation that reflects the latest science. We are not surprised that the CT Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection has come out against the bill, as DEEP is notorious for treating hunters and fisherman as clients since they make money from hunting and fishing licenses.

We are asking CT supporters to tell their legislators to support HB 6353. You can find your legislators here. To thank Rep. Gresko for caring about animals and the environment, send an email to Joseph.Gresko@cga.ct.gov or call him at 860-240-8585.

Often referred to as “living fossils,” horseshoe crab are among the oldest species on Earth, dating back 445 million years. Although more than 48,000 of the spiked-tailed, U-shaped creatures are harvested annually in Connecticut for use as bait, researchers are also using their blood, extracted without harming the crab, to test vaccines.

Gresko pointed out that horseshoe crabs provide food for birds, and said considerable money and effort resulted in a new bird sanctuary at Stratford Point.


 

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