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Horseshoe Crab Tagging, Cumberland and Cape May County, NJ


On select night between May 2nd and June 19th in Cumberland and Cape May Counties, American Littoral Society will be hosting events to tag horseshoe crabs. Volunteers are needed to participate in this horseshoe crab tagging and survey program along New Jersey's Delaware Bayshore. Horseshoe crab tagging is a great way for volunteers of all ages to encounter these prehistoric-looking creatures up close. No experience is required, beach captains will train all volunteers on site.

The information volunteers gather will allow scientists, conservationists, and policy-makers to:

  • Better understand movements and wintering areas of Delaware Bay breeding crab population, to inform management decisions,

  • Improve habitat restoration efforts by identifying restoration techniques that are most attractive to returning crabs,

  • And support ongoing scientific research on horseshoe crab populations and shorebird populations by making data available to researchers.

Interested in participating in the largest horseshoe crab tagging program in the Delaware Bay? There are limited spots and they do fill quickly, for more information or to register visit