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Two separate readers viewed otoliths under a dissecting microscope on a black background by using reflected light following procedures outlined in the report of the ASFMC workshop on aging of river herring held in 2013 (ASMFC (8)).
The magnitude of the LAL harvest, principally composed of female horseshoe crabs (50%-77%; Rutecki et al., 2004; ASFMC, 2012), has increased 76% since 2006, during which time New England populations of L.
While this population is genetically distinct from the harvested mid-Atlantic populations, the genetic distance is low (King et al., 2005); further, this population has not historically been harvested for biomedical bleeding (ASFMC, 2012), and so animals were presumably neve to the process.