Seafood aficionados, the time is almost here! Next Thursday marks the beginning of the ultra-popular stone crab season. However, unlike previous years, new regulations have been implemented by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in response to decreasing population and possible overfishing.
Among the new restrictions, stone crab claws must be at least 2 7/8 inches and possession of whole stone crabs on the water will be a maximum of two checker boxes measuring no more than 3x3 and 2x2 feet. Alternatively, the maximum volume is limited to 24 cubic feet. For those unfamiliar, checker boxes serve as the holding solution for stone crabs while they’re on a boating vessel until it’s time for claw removal and measurements.
Stone crab fishing fans should also be aware that females with eggs are not allowed to be declawed. Furthermore, careful attention should be paid to ensure that upon catching the crab, it is safely declawed and returned to the water without permanently injuring the crab.
Stone crab season will end on May 2. Make sure to visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website for the full list of regulations and rules.
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