How To Harvest Florida Stone Crabs

Stone crab claws are one of the tastiest delicacies to come out of Florida’s waters. Florida’s stone crab season is open to both commercial and recreational fisherman from October 15th to May 15th each year. This video from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission shows you how to properly measure and harvest stone crab claws.

First, measure the claw from the elbow to the tip of the lower claw. This measurement must be at least 23/4″ in length. To remove the claw hold the body and opposite claw of the stone crab firmly in one hand, then grasp the claw you want to remove with you other hand and quickly twist down and pull. The claw should break off where it meets the body. This does not harm the crab and the claw will grow back. To learn more about how to harvest stone crab claws and to check current regulations visit

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