Horseshoe Crabs to Be Protected

April 11, 2018

It was a unanimous vote in the House on a bill to ban the harvesting or killing of horseshoe crabs between Stratford Point and Sniffen Point in Stratford. Horseshoe crab blood is vital to manufacturing vaccines.

If you ever get a vaccine, thank a horseshoe crab. Horseshoe crab blood is key to manufacturing vaccines. It is important that we take steps to protect them because ultimately, they will protect to us from illnesses.

It addition these spawning sites on Short Beach need protection because of Sacred Heart University’s ongoing research on Horseshoe Crabs.

By 2020, the bill requires the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to submit recommendations to the Environment Committee establishing restricted areas for horseshoe crab harvesting and any changes to the horseshoe crab harvesting season. These recommendations are intended to preserve Connecticut's horseshoe crab population.