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Florida Stone crab season opens

The commercial and recreational harvest season for stone crab claws in Florida opens on Thursday, Oct. 15. The season will remain open through May 15.

Stone crab claws must be at least 2 3/4 inches in length to be harvested legally, and claws may not be taken from egg-bearing female stone crabs. Recreational harvesters are allowed to use up to five stone crab traps, and there is a daily bag limit of one gallon of claws per person or two gallons per vessel, whichever is less.

More information regarding the recreational harvest of stone crab claws is available online at MyFWC.com/Rules (click on “Fishing – Saltwater”).

Commercial stone crab regulations and licensing information is also available online at the same location.

For immediate release: October 12, 2009

Contact: Lee Schlesinger, 850-487-0554