With a month of data still to come, the dedicated reTURN the Favor volunteers have rescued 79,727 crabs and conducted 447 walks. That’s more crabs then the 78,041 crabs that were rescued in all of 2016, and creeping close to the record number of walks from 2016: 520.
With more volunteers trained in 2017 than ever before, it is no surprise that there was an increase in the number of walks and crabs rescued. But another contributing factor was a potential deadly combo of storm events and new moon high tides over Memorial Day weekend. Thanks to quick mobilization of volunteers, major losses were prevented with over 22,000 crabs rescued from the extreme strandings in the marshes, roads, and beach overwash areas on Memorial Day weekend.
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