Protect Long Island's Horseshoe Crabs!
  • Petitioned Peter Scully

This petition was delivered to:

Regional Director, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Peter Scully
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Marine Resources Headquarters
Commissioner, Department of Environmental Conservation
Joe Martens
New York Governor
New York State Senate
New York State House
New York-004
State Sen. Philip Boyle
New York-009
State Rep. Joseph Saladino

Protect Long Island's Horseshoe Crabs!

    1. dawn saliba
    2. Petition by

      dawn saliba

      east northport, NY

Right now, Horseshoe Crabs are being over-harvested in order to be used as bait to catch eel and conch, which is being sold in Asian markets.

Horseshoe Crabs are critical for human health:

Their blue blood contains the component, Limulus Amoebocyte Lysate, LAL. All drugs intended for human consumption must be, as per the Food & Drug Administration, tested using LAL.

Therefore: horseshoe crabs are vital for medical research and treatment!

Horseshoe Crabs are a crucial species in the food web:

Millions of migrating shorebirds stop along Long Island's beaches to consume horseshoe crab eggs. These eggs are the single most important food source for these shorebirds and are vital for them to complete their journey. If there are not enough horseshoe crab eggs for the birds to consume, these birds will die!

Horseshoe Crabs impact the local economy:

Hundreds of millions are spent on the observation of shorebirds. As Long Island's bird populations drop, so does the income related to bird watching and recreation!

We ask that the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation protect horseshoe crabs and institute a moratorium on Long Island harvesting.


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Scott Stroncheck TAMPA, FL
      • 3 months ago

      Their Magical Blue Blood that can make humans have super powers. The only reason to care!

    • Sara Dimsdale HOLLYWOOD, FL
      • 9 months 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!

    • john panter MASTIC BEACH, NY
      • 11 months ago

      Because shore birds are dissapearning at a alarming rate. And greedy horseshoe crab taking has a large effect on there food energy supply.

    • reyhan yogisaputra INDONESIA
      • about 1 year ago

      because the number of the horse shoe crab in the world is decreasing

    • David Berson GREENPORT, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      The health of Peconic Bay is dependent upon a creature that is 350, million years old. Are we so selfish that we will destroy it?


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