Stone crab season begins on Friday with new regulations

KEY LARGO, FLA. (WSVN) - It’s time to get cracking.

Friday marked the official start of stone crab season.

New regulations have been put into effect to protect the future crab harvests and the market in general.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission increased the minimum size of a harvested claw to 1/8 of an inch.

The season has also been cut down by two weeks.

Traps must have an escape ring of 2.18 inches.

Stone crabs are one of the world’s few renewable seafood resources. They have the capability of regrowing their claws to replace those that are harvested.

 

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