FLORIDA –– Florida’s recreational and commercial stone crab season in state and federal waters will end on May 2, with the last day of harvest being May 1.
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 2 by a licensed wholesale or retail dealer, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Stone crab traps must be removed from the water within five days after the close of the stone crab season. Stone crab claws may not be harvested from traps pulled after the season closes.
For more information on harvesting stone crabs for recreation, trap specifications, commercial stone crab regulations and licensing information, go online to MyFWC.com/Marine.
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