Lifting the moratorium on horseshoe crabs in NJ: Continue to ban the harvesting of horseshoe crabs.
  • Petitioned Nelson Albano

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Nelson Albano
New Jersey State Senate
Jeff Van Drew

Lifting the moratorium on horseshoe crabs in NJ: Continue to ban the harvesting of horseshoe crabs.

    1. Roland Scardino
    2. Petition by

      Roland Scardino

      Estell Manor, NJ

This summer at the Jersey Shore, you may find a horseshoe crab on the beach--or you may not.

Many who recognize the species, which dates back over 450 million years, don't realize that their numbers have sharply decreased over the very short period of 50 years. In the 1960's, it was not uncommon to find the beaches littered with these spectacular creatures. Today, many beachgoers cannot even identify the species.

Since 2008, New Jersey has banned the harvesting of these vital pieces of the ecosystem. Being the only state with such stringent laws, our political representatives should support the revitalization of the horseshoe crab. Unfortunately, Senator Jeff Van Drew and Assemblyman Nelson Albano have taken strides to revoke the laws currently in place. The primary force behind this movement is the relatively small fishing industry of South Jersey, which swears by its use of the horseshoe crab as bait for eels. What Van Drew and Albano fail to realize is the horseshoe crab, each laying between 60,000 and 120,000 eggs per year, feeds the birds of the Jersey Shore.

In Senator Van Drew's eyes, the moratorium is "sexy and cool." He has stated that most supporters of the movement have never even seen a horseshoe crab in their life, and just want to say that they have helped save the environment.

Thousands of South Jerseyans would surely disagree, and it is part of our civic duty to express our opinion against the politicians who represent our great state. Instead of getting rid of the laws in place, New Jersey should be influencing other states to follow suit.

Nelson Albano, Assemblyman
Jeff Van Drew, New Jersey State Senate
Assemblyman Nelson Albano

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    Reasons for signing

    • Lisa Kau FREMONT, CA
      • 11 months ago

      We human being needs the horseshoe crab too. Commercial fishing can easily diminish the crab in a few years, what would they do then?

    • Charles Johns BETHLEHEM, PA
      • 12 months ago

      I agree with Gianmarc's position. I remember the shells of horseshoe crabs on the Jersey Shore, especially Ocean City. We should limit the proliferation of our own species, not the "horseshoe," thereby reducing the destruction of natural environments and reducing manmade climatic changes.

    • Sara Dimsdale HOLLYWOOD, FL
      • about 1 year ago

      They have existed for at least 300 million years and survived the great Permian extinction that eliminated 95 percent of all marine species, yet mankind might eventually be the cause for their extinction. The Asian Horseshoe crab is already endangered and rarely seen. Atlantic Horseshoe crabs play an important role in the ecology and survival of migratory shorebirds. Their blood has provided us with life saving techniques and it should be our duty to protect them!

    • Christine Bodden MEDIA, PA
      • about 1 year ago

      I love the shore and don't want human greed to destroy the ecological balance.

    • Gianmarc Johns IRVINE, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      They're an important part of the ecosystem and it's already been shown that the former fishing practices deplete them faster than they can reproduce. If the moratorium is lifted, history will just repeat itself.


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