Legislation Bans Horseshoe Crab Harvest in NJ
NJ Legislators Pass Important Act to Save Shorebirds from Extinction
Assemblyman John McKeon - 973.275.1113
Assemblyman Douglas Fisher - 856.455.1011
Senator Robert Gordon - 201.703.9779
Senator Joseph Vitale - 732.855.7441
Eric Stiles, NJ Audubon Society - 908.240.9316
Tim Dillingham, American Littoral Society- 732.245.8332
Jeff Tittel, Sierra Club - 609.558.9100
Maya van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper - 215.801.3053
The legislation cleared the Assembly on Thursday, March 10 by a vote of 70 to 6 and the Senate on Monday, March 17 by a vote of 39 to 0.
Red Knots, a robin-sized shorebird, come to the Delaware Bay each spring after flying non-stop from
"New Jerseyans are proud of the
Due to the reckless overharvest of horseshoe crabs and a subsequent rapid decline of their eggs, the Red Knot population has plummeted from over 100,000 to only 14,800 currently wintering in Tierra del Fuego, at the southern tip of
"Over twenty leading scientists from four continents agree that the Red Knot is facing imminent extinction unless we take strong measures to secure their food supply," said Assemblyman Douglas Fisher (D). "Conservation is critical to the economy of the
"The legislature has really stepped up to protect the natural resources of the
"We commend the legislature to overturn the outrageous act of the NJ Marine Fisheries Council taking special interests over the public interest," said Jeff Tittel, Executive Director, Sierra Club - New Jersey Chapter. "For a few thousand dollars worth of permits you can no longer destroy an entire species and an ecosystem."
The Delaware Riverkeeper Maya van Rossum commented that "the legislators saw the clear and compelling need to protect this vital natural treasure. I commend the strong bi-partisan support and leadership."
"The action of the