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Fence Keeps Horseshoe Crabs from Reaching "Death Trap" Marsh at Pickering Beach

Posted: Jul 11, 2018 5:28 PM Updated:

PICKERING BEACH, Del. --- Horseshoe crabs have long climbed atop Pickering Beach for mating season, but the arthropods found a fence this mating season that blocked them from reaching a death trap.

Glenn Gauvry with the Ecological Research And Development Group got permission from the state to install a 350-foot fence along a section of the beach adjacent to a marsh.

The high tides in the area used to lead thousands of horseshoe crabs to climb into the marsh during mating season, according to Gauvry.

"They end up in this backwash area---stranded---but by the following day the sun kind of comes back out and bakes them and they die," he said.

Gauvry said the nation as a whole is seeing a diminished population of horseshoe crabs. He said the state has given the ERDG tentative permission to leave the barrier in place into next year's mating season.

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