Naturalists renew calls to halt horseshoe crab harvest in Delaware Bay

Red knots and Horseshoe crabs, Delaware Bay

JON HURDLE / NJ SPOTLIGHT – Larry Niles has been working to protect migrating shorebirds on New Jersey’s Delaware Bay beaches for the last 23 years, and he’s still worried that some of them might go extinct.

Niles, a former Department of Environmental Protection biologist who now runs his own wildlife-investigating company, leads teams of scientists and volunteers who trap, tag, weigh, measure and then release the birds which stop briefly on the bay beaches during their long-distance spring migration from South America to the Canadian Arctic …

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