National Fisherman


FAIRFIELD -- With their spiky, armor-plated shells, they look like miniature tanks mounting a surprise invasion on local beaches -- except they have been at it for nearly a half-billion years.

But the American horseshoe crab, the homely, humble distant relative of ancient trilobites, has fallen on hard times. They're harvested for bait, their blood is collected for medical science, and their numbers are dwindling in places along the Eastern Seaboard, as well as in Asia.

Sacred Heart University, which for years has studied the horseshoe crabs of Long Island Sound, has formed a partnership with Mystic Aquarium's research arm to better understand the stresses facing the living fossils.

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Inside the Industry

The Northeast Trawl Advisory Panel working group is scheduled to meet Aug. 2 in Boston to discuss using commercial fishing vessels to supplement current stock assessment surveys conducted by the Northeast Fisheries Science Center.

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Pat Fiorelli, the long-serving public affairs officer for the New England Fishery Management Council, will step down at the end of July.

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