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Horseshoe crabs rescued along Cape May County beach through partnership between South Jersey Gas, The Wetlands Institute

FOLSOM, N.J., June 27, 2017 – During the summer along the Cape May County beach, thousands of horseshoe crabs get stranded on the hot sand when they come ashore to spawn. South Jersey Gas partnered with The Wetlands Institute to protect the horseshoe crabs, through volunteer work and a $6,500 grant.

“Today isn’t an ordinary day at the beach,” said Dave Robbins, president of South Jersey Gas, who was among company volunteers Thursday rescuing horseshoe crabs. “Protecting the wildlife and wetlands of our region is central to our environmental focus. Today we continue our environmental stewardship efforts, a value South Jersey Gas prioritizes across all areas of our business.”

The $6,500 grant supports the institute’s ReTurn the Favor Horseshoe Crab Rescue program. When horseshoe crabs are spawning, they can sometimes become trapped on the beach and vulnerable — to both predators and the elements. Last year, the ReTurn the Favor program rescued 78,000 crabs. The program has 200 volunteers walk along Delaware Bay Beaches — which have the largest concentration of spawning horseshoe crabs in North America — looking for crabs in distress.

Seventeen South Jersey Gas employees joined The Wetlands Institute on a hot Thursday afternoon at Reeds Beach, rescuing 600 horseshoe crabs that were stranded on the beach.

“Having South Jersey Gas employees work alongside Institute staff allowed us to help even more horseshoe crabs, which are an important part of the ecosystem,” said Lenore P. Tedesco, executive director of The Wetlands Institute. “Horseshoe crabs have been around since before dinosaurs and, with the help of South Jersey Gas, we can help them to continue to thrive.”

The Wetlands Institute is a non-profit organization that promotes appreciation, understanding and stewardship of coastal and wetland ecosystems through programs in research, conservation and education. Located in Stone Harbor, the institute educates 27,000 visitors a year, including 12,000 children.

volunteers with a check from SJG for the Wetlands Institute
South Jersey Gas President Dave Robbins presents a grant to Wetlands Institute Executive Director Lenore P. Tedesco at Reeds Beach, Cape May County, on Thursday, June 22, 2017, to help fund a program that rescues horseshoe crabs.

volunteers cleaning up a beach
South Jersey Gas volunteers rescue horseshoe crabs on Reeds Beach, Cape May County, with the Wetlands Institute on Thursday, June 22, 2017.

volunteers cleaning up a beach

a volunteer cleaning up a beach

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