Protecting the Horseshoe Crab | WWF Hong Kong

Protecting the Horseshoe Crab



Horseshoe crab conservation is vital not only because of its importance to the coastal ecology as a major food source for shorebirds; they also contribute to studies in evolutionary science and for the biomedical industry.
 
Out of the four species of horseshoe crab worldwide, two types: the Chinese horseshoe crab (Tachypleus tridentatus) and the mangrove horseshoe crab (Carcinoscorpis rotundicauda), are found in the coastal waters of Hong Kong. The local population of juvenile horseshoe crabs is estimated to number 4,500 to 7,300 individuals. Hong Kong population declines in recent years are estimated at ≥90% due to various threats, including disturbance, loss and degradation of its habitat, as well as human exploitation of adult crab. In March 2019, the conservation status of the Chinese horseshoe crab was elevated to ‘endangered’ under the IUCN Red List of Endangered Species. 

 

HSC Counts Project

To address key knowledge gaps and to formulate strategies for horseshoe crab conservation, WWF has launched the “HSC Counts Project”, to study threats posed by humans on the adult horseshoe crab population, and educate the community on avoiding horseshoe crab consumption.

 

Horseshoe Crab Friendly Restaurant Campaign

Horseshoe crabs belong to the ocean, not on dinner tables.  Seafood restaurants have a major role to play in supporting ocean conservation, including by pledging not to sell or display horseshoe crabs in your restaurant or seafood stall. Be part of our “Horseshoe Crab Friendly Restaurant Campaign” Your participation not only helps nature, it also builds a positive brand image and reputation for your business!
Click here to find out more about the campaign and to see F&B businesses on the campaign alliance list.
 
Interested parties can contact us via email
 
 
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