Jeremy Esposito and Kimberly Perrelli, Marine Biology
“Aquaculture of Limulus polyphemus, a biomedically important organism: Captive Spawning and Larval Grow-Out”
The research project plans to develop a consistent and efficient system for inducing year-round successful spawning of Limulus adults in captivity. Secondly, the study focuses to develop key techniques and new technology to encourage the success of Limulus breeding . These techniques can then be published and made available for scientific and industry use to aid in the preservation and restoration of horseshoe crab populations world-wide. Thirdly, the study can develop a consistent and efficient system for grow-out of juvenile horseshoe crabs through the sixth instar.