The Florida Stone Crab season if officially underway in state and federal waters of the Sunshine State.
As of Thursday, the Florida Stone Crab season kicked off for both commercial and recreation fishermen.
Fisherman are only allowed to take one claw off each crab. This is done because the claws regenerate over time. On average, roughly two million pounds of claws are harvested from the Florida Keys, which represents close to 40% of all stone crab claws harvested in the state.
Below are some regulations for the Florida Stone Crab season:
- Claws must be removed then body is thrown back into the water
- Claws must be at least 2¾ inches in length to be harvested
- Acceptable method of capture is baited traps
- No hooks or spears allowed
The Florida Stone Crab season runs until May 15th. You can find more info here.