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Grants restore crabs' spawning grounds, balance of nature in South Jersey

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Sarah Watson

Wildlife biologist Larry Niles holds a red knot at Reeds Beach. ‘We were looking at beaches that had been the backbone of the New Jersey shorebird stopover, and they were basically wiped out by Sandy,’ Niles says. June 2013

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The race began shortly after Hurricane Sandy struck. How could about a mile of vital habitat be restored by early spring so the horseshoe crab spawn on Delaware Bay beaches would have a place to lay eggs?

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Sarah Watson

Wildlife biologist Larry Niles holds a red knot at Reeds Beach. ‘We were looking at beaches that had been the backbone of the New Jersey shorebird stopover, and they were basically wiped out by Sandy,’ Niles says. June 2013