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Each spring, hundreds of thousands of horseshoe crabs come ashore to lay their eggs on Atlantic coast and Delaware Bay beaches. While coming ashore many of these harmless animals accidentally become flipped over by waves, or become trapped in jetties or behind bulkheads. Thousands of horseshoe crabs die each season due to stranding.
Turning crabs back onto their proper side will help reduce mortality from stranding. This simple action helps the horseshoe crab population and migratory shorebirds that rely on the crabs for survival!
Click here for to find out more about the reTURN the Favor Program.
New Jersey has a moratorium on possession of horseshoe crabs, so please DO NOT remove live or dead crabs from beaches.
Only sanctioned teams are allowed to rescue crabs on closed beaches. Anyone can flip crabs on an open beach.