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Stone crab season closes May 16

May 10, 2017
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The commercial and recreational harvest of stone crab claws in Florida closes Tuesday, May 16, with the last day of harvest Monday, May 15. Stone crab season will reopen on Oct. 15. This five-month closure occurs each year during the peak spawning season to help conserve and sustain Florida's valuable stone crab resource.

Commercially harvested stone crab claws may be possessed and sold during the closed season, but only if they have been placed in inventory prior to May 16 by a licensed wholesale or retail dealer.

Stone crab traps must be removed from the water within five days after the close of the stone crab season unless a special extension is granted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Stone crab claws cannot be harvested from traps pulled after the season closes.

Learn more about the stone crab harvest season by visiting and clicking on "Saltwater Fishing," and then either "Recreational Regulations" or "Commercial."



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