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Horseshoe crab monitoring

Annual volunteer-based spawning beach surveys take place at beaches along the South Coast, Cape Cod, and the islands.

To sign up to volunteer or learn more about the survey, please contact the survey coordinator, Derek Perry, at derek.perry@state.ma.us.

 

2018 survey locations

2018 horseshoe crab survey

Compliance reports

Horseshoe crabs are managed at the interstate level by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC). Each year member-states, including Massachusetts, must submit a compliance report to ASMFC documenting the status of the fishery and show that the horseshoe crab population is being monitored and managed properly. To view an annual report, click on the links below.

2016

2015

2014

2012

2011

2010

2009

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