The ethical treatment of the Atlantic Horseshoe Crab is of top priority during the development of our Limulus Amebocyte Lysate (LAL) reagents. In addition to numerous steps taken to care for horseshoe crabs while in the hands of our ecological and technical teams, FUJIFILM Wako Chemicals U.S.A. Corporation, has developed and is actively participating in several proactive and aggressive conservation initiatives.
Our overall goal is to protect and monitor the crabs while in our care. Lifelong fishermen carefully gather the crabs and bring them safely to our facility. During their short time out of the sea, the crabs are thoroughly inspected by our team of highly trained professionals to ensure that each one appears healthy and is free from trauma. Our procedures are conducted with the utmost care and diligence to prevent any injury to the donor crabs, and our fishermen always return them to the same waters from which they were collected.
Recently, our company has expanded efforts to protect these amazing animals by joining several other prestigious ecological conservation groups and organizations. This includes supporting the Horseshoe Crab Conservation Fund, which is committed to the long-term protection of these crabs through community projects and educational outreach programs. Additionally, we work closely with the US Fish and Wildlife Service in a horseshoe crab tagging and monitoring program to better understand their habits and migration patterns, in order to ascertain whether or not biomedical processes have any impact on the crabs.
FUJIFILM Wako Chemicals U.S.A. Corporation is dedicated to the protection and care of horseshoe crabs and has plans to create more unique and inspirational educational programs. These programs will share the incredible story of the horseshoe crab, as well as, their vital contribution to medicine and to the ocean’s ecosystem.