Illegal Taking of Horseshoe Crabs

Office Fajardo returning horseshoe crabs to Jamaica Bay after they had been illegally taken
Officer Fajardo returning horseshoe crabs to Jamaica Bay

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News Release Date: May 2, 2017

Contact: David Somma, 917-577-2141

Plumb Beach, NY –On Sunday April 30, 2017 at 10:15 United States Park Police Officers were dispatched to Plumb Beach for someone taking horseshoe crabs. Officer Fajardo and Greenberg arrived and observed Huase Chen harvesting horseshoe crabs from the waters of Jamaica Bay. The Officers videotaped Chen harvesting seven horse shoe crabs. Chen was arrested for illegally harvesting the horse shoe crabs.  During the investigation, Chen told the Officers that she was harvesting the horse shoe crabs for her business. Horse shoe crabs are considered to be an aphrodisiac for men and can command a high price. Chen was issued one summons for unauthorized taking of wildlife 36 CFR 2.2(A)(1) and released. The horseshoe crabs were returned to the bay. Pictures attached.


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Last updated: May 2, 2017

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