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How to Harvest a Stone Crab Claw

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Published on Oct 9, 2012

Recreational and commercial stone crab season runs from October 15th through May 15th each year in state and federal waters off the coast of Florida.

To harvest a stone crab claw, first measure it from the elbow to the tip of the lower immovable portion of the claw. If the claw is more than 2 and ¾ inches in length it may be removed from the crab and the crab may then be returned to the water. Care should be taken when removing the claw so as to not permanently injure the crab. Stone crabs can regrow their claws, making this Florida delicacy a true renewable resource.

To learn more about how to harvest stone crabs and regulations, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on "Recreational" and "Stone Crabs."

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