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Drive in Style with a New Horseshoe Crab License Plate

Delaware – Few things are more idyllically Delaware than specialty license plates and horseshoe crabs. Delawareans can embrace their First State heritage and support a good environmental cause by purchasing a license plate featuring our very own living fossil.

The new environmental license plate featuring a coastal scene and Limulus polyphemus, better known as the American horseshoe crab, is now available to purchase through the Delaware Department of Transportation’s Division of Motor Vehicles online or in-person at DMV locations throughout the state. 

The plates are $50 (one-time fee) and make for an affordable holiday gift for yourself or loved one that keeps on giving as 70% of the proceeds directly support the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays and the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE). Both organizations conduct scientific research and surveys in the Delaware Bay and the Delaware Inland Bays, critical habitats for horseshoe crabs and the shorebirds that rely on their eggs each spring.

Delaware is fortunate to be the home of two National Estuary Programs (NEP) that are both non-profit organizations: The Center for the Inland Bays based in Rehoboth Beach, and the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary whose headquarters are in Wilmington. There are 28 NEPs across the country. The NEP is a nationwide program that’s designed to protect and restore the water quality and ecological integrity of estuaries of national significance.

The iconic lighthouse license plate, which also benefits the Center and PDE, is still available for purchase, as well.

For more information about purchasing the plate, go to dmv.de.gov.

To request interviews or additional photos, please contact either Maddy Goss, Communications Specialist at the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays, at 302-858-7795 or mgoss@inlandbays.org or Kate Layton, Communications Coordinator at the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, at 302-655-4990 ext. 113 or klayton@delawareestuary.org.

The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays works to preserve, protect, and restore Delaware’s Inland Bays and their watershed. Partnership for the Delaware Estuary works with partners in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware to connect people, science and nature for a healthy Delaware River and Bay.

For more information about the Center, go to inlandbays.org. For more information about the Partnership, go to delawareestuary.org.

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