A Discussion of Horseshoe Crab Management in Five Countries: Taiwan, India, China, United States, and Mexico
A panel of five international experts was convened during the International Symposium on the Science and Conservation of Horseshoe Crabs to compare and contrast horseshoe crab management in their countries. The panel members each responded to a series of questions prepared by a facilitator. All five speakers stated that habitat degradation and destruction were a major threat to the horseshoe crab population(s) in their country. Pressure for economic development often hindered efforts to preserve and protect coastal habitats. Public education was viewed as an important step toward the implementation of effective management actions. The urgent need for conservation was viewed to be a strong, motivating factor to strengthen international management efforts.
KeywordsProtected Area Public Education Horseshoe Crab Coastal Community Marine Reserve
The authors would like to thanks Staci Hudy of the Virginia Tech Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences for her help compiling the responses of the speakers into the document. Sheila Eyler of the US Fish and Wildlife Service and Gary Kreamer of the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife took valuable notes during the panel discussion which were used in the writing of this chapter. All junior authors of this chapter were listed alphabetically. The authors would also like to thank the organizers of the Symposium and the editors of the book for their invitation to participate.