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Declare a Moratorium on Horseshoe Crab Harvests in New York

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Help Horseshoe Crabs & Shorebirds Survive in New York

Please sign this petition asking NY Governor Cuomo and NY DEC Commissioner Martens to place a moratorium on horseshoe crab harvesting in New York.

Horseshoe crabs have been an important part of New York’s coastal ecology and heritage for many years but are in danger of disappearing.

Horseshoe crab numbers have dropped dramatically in New York area waters. Over the last 150 years, they have declined 90%. Let’s not let them disappear on our watch.

Horseshoe crabs are in danger of population collapse because the bait fishery trade continues to harvest crabs including thousands of mature female crabs.

Without females, the animals cannot reproduce. Without horseshoe crabs, hundreds of species of migrating birds are in jeopardy. The birds rely on fatty horseshoe crab eggs for food.

Please sign this petition to ask Governor Cuomo to place a moratorium on horseshoe crab harvesting until populations can rebound.

Thank you very much for your help.

Regional Bayshore Watershed Council

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