Identification of chemoattractants in horseshoe crabs and production of an artificial bait.

Our aim in this project is to develop an economical artificial bait that could be used as a substitute for adult female horseshoe crabs in the American eel and whelk fisheries. We are examining the components of the female horseshoe crab that evoke the feeding stimulant response, seeking to isolate and identify the active components.

More information about this project is available on the Delaware Sea Grant website.


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