UF IFAS and Florida Sea Grant hold horseshoe crab training in Cedar Key

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CEDAR KEY, Fla. (WCJB)- They are known as living fossils and have been around for over 450 million years.

Horseshoe crabs are one of the most important organisms to coastal communities and today in cedar key, volunteers participated in a crab watch workshop.

Volunteers learned about basic horseshoe crab biology, procedures for sampling horseshoe crabs, and how to measure and tag horseshoe crabs.

The workshop was held in conjunction with Florida Sea Grant and the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station and was held at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Marine Lab in Cedar Key.

The volunteers who completed the workshop are now eligible to be volunteers for the Horseshoe Crab Watch Citizen Science Program. Even if you arent able to participate in the program, but want to help the FWC, Savanna Barry, a regional specialized sea grant agent, says there are other ways to help.

She says, “horseshoe crabs nest year-round in Florida on all of our beaches so even if you aren’t able to be a volunteer with the program, you can still help us collect data by reporting a sighting of horseshoe crabs especially tagged ones to the FWC.“