No horseshoe crab harvesting will be permitted as of 12:01 a.m. Saturday until further notice, as the state quota for the year -- 150,000 crabs -- has been exceeded, according to a release from the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Preliminary estimates put the year's number of horseshoe crabs harvested at 170,897, most of them in the spring, the release said.

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To avoid such an issue for 2013, the DEC will meet in the winter with permit holders to discuss "quota management," the release said.

Horseshoe crabs are found year-round in Long Island Sound, Great South Bay and other New York coastal areas, according to the DEC site.