Citizen Scientists Collect Horseshoe Crab Data

Every spring, during the new and full moon high tides, volunteers count horseshoe crabs on key beaches in Delaware and New Jersey. These data are used to set harvest limits and develop conservation plans. One way the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve participates is by training volunteers—over 700 of them thus far. These citizen scientists play a key role in scientific research. (2016)

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Partners: Delaware River Basin Commission, NOAA Office for Coastal Management