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Science, Marine and Environment


                                    Munira Syahirah Muhammad Sobri , Faridah Mohamad
                        Faculty of Science and Marine Environment, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, 21030
                                              Kuala Nerus, Terengganu, Malaysia.
                                         *Corresponding author:

                     Horseshoe crab is consumed by human and is known as exotic seafood thus causing
                     the populations of this animal threatened. At this modern age, horseshoe crabs are not
                     only sold at the local market but also through the internet using a variety of platforms.
                     The objective of this study is to determine the number of agencies involved in selling
           STUDENT RESEARCH DAY 2021   websites, social media  platforms, and online shopping platforms.  Most traders and   STUDENT RESEARCH DAY 2021
                     horseshoe crab online and their distribution in Malaysia. Information and data of the
                     online horseshoe crab  traders and suppliers  were obtained from the internet via

                     suppliers doing business online are from the  west coast of  Malaysia, especially in
                     Selangor. Two out of three horseshoe crab species found in Malaysia were sold through
                     the internet with Tachypleus gigas is more traded than Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda.
                     No selling of Tachypleus tridentatus was found through the internet search. To conclude,
                     the higher the demand of this arthropod for human consumption, the higher the number
                     of traders selling horseshoe crabs online. Thus, online trading is a potential threat to the
                     local  horseshoe  crab  populations.  To  prevent  from  overharvesting,  serious  action to
                     conserve this animal must be taken for example, authorities could implement catch quota
                     to fishermen.

                     Keyword: Horseshoe crab, trader, supplier, internet, online.

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