Learning about, helping N.J.’s horseshoe crabs

They look like tiny coriander seeds. And 6,000 of them can easily fit into the bottom of a half-dozen buckets filled with seawater. But the young horseshoe crabs released into the Cape May Canal on Friday, as part of the 26th anniversary of National Estuaries Day, are the essentials of a grow-and-release program at the Rutgers Aquaculture Innovation Center here…"They’re important to us because they play such a vital role in the health of the bay and provide myriad benefits to the local fishing industry, migratory shorebirds population, and the state’s biomedical industry," said Michael P. De Luca, senior associate director of Rutgers Institute Marine and Coastal Sciences, which operates the center.

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Rutgers lab churning out baby horseshoe crabs

Six thousand baby horseshoe crabs are making their way in the waters near Cape May this weekend, thanks to a Rutgers University center that grows and releases them into the wild. The New Jersey Aquaculture Innovation Center released the hatchlings, each tinier than a child’s fingernail, into the Cape May Canal on Friday. The center has released 250,000 of the young crabs over the past two years.

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Release project in Cape helps horseshoe crab hatchlings avoid predators

You could call it a Head Start program for horseshoe crabs. Normally the crabs have a tough learning curve. They are born on the sandy Delaware Bay coast, the largest breeding ground in the world for the species, and predators immediately try to eat them…A Rutgers University project at its Aquaculture Innovation Center on the Cape May Canal is giving some of the young crabs a three-month head start in life…"We’ve released 50,000 to 75,000 a year. It can make a difference because they’re so susceptible to predation. Striped bass, bluefish and other finfish feast on young-of-the-year crabs," said Michael De Luca, a director at the university’s Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences.

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SJSU grad student featured on “Shark Week” program, looks to discover more new species

As a kid, Paul Clerkin explored the tide pools of the Mendocino shoreline, was mesmerized by the exhibits at Monterey Bay Aquarium and grew to love the deep-sea predators featured on "Shark Week." But when he started college in 2000, he was considering a career in medicine. His mom knew better…Developing this early interest as an undergraduate, Clerkin had several internships, including at Rutgers University’s marine station at Little Egg Harbor in New Jersey and the Cornell Biological Field Station on Oneida Lake in New York.

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Graduate Students Affiliated with Haskin Lab Score Scholarship “Trifecta”

Amanda Wenczel

Amanda Wenczel

Three Rutgers graduate students affiliated with the Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory, Amanda Wenczel, Jason Morson and Jenny Paterno, have each been awarded a George Burlew Scholarship Grant from the Manasquan River Marlin and Tuna Club to help support their marine science research. This grant was previously awarded to high school students and college students but today is only awarded to full- or part-time graduate students pursuing marine-related studies.

Jason Morson

Jason Morson

Wenczel’s research focuses on the study of the potential feeding interactions of native New Jersey shellfish while Paterno’s research interests are restoration ecology in aquatic systems and community science education. Morson’s research explores the application of targeted biological and ecological data to reduce uncertainty in fisheries stock assessment model parameters.

Jenny Paterno

Jenny Paterno

The George Burlew Scholarship Grant was first awarded in June 1979 in honor of Captain George Burlew, who was a member of the Manasquan River Marlin and Tuna Club and a pioneer of sport fishing on and out of the Manasquan River. Captain Burlew was a well-known fishing guide and a long-time owner of Burlew’s Anchorage in Manasquan.