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Return the Favor NJ


Belmar, NJ




reTURN the Favor is a collaborative effort that enables organized volunteer groups to save horseshoe crabs stranded on New Jersey’s seasonally closed and open beaches.The Delaware Bay has long been the home to the largest concentration of spawning horseshoe crabs in the world, but this population has declined by 90% over the last 15 years because of over-harvesting and degraded habitat. This trend is not only an issue for the horseshoe crab population itself, but also for migrating shorebird species that depend on the horseshoe crab for survival when the crabs come ashore in May and June to lay their eggs along the Delaware Bay beaches. Volunteers are welcome.