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FWC approves stone crab regulation changes; effective Oct. 1, 2020

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission sent this bulletin at 07/22/2020 01:08 PM EDT

For immediate release: July 22, 2020

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FWC approves stone crab regulation changes; effective Oct. 1

At its July meeting, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved changes to recreational and commercial stone crab regulations.

Florida’s stone crab fishery has experienced a long-term decline in harvest and is likely undergoing overfishing. FWC staff worked with stakeholders on these changes that are intended to increase the stone crab population and build resiliency in the fishery.

Approved changes go into effect Oct. 1, 2020, and include:

  • Moving the season end date from May 15 to May 1, closed on May 2.
  • Requiring a 2 3/16-inch escape ring in all plastic and wood stone crab traps before the start of the 2023/2024 season.
  • Increasing the minimum claw size limit by 1/8 inches from 2 3/4 inches to 2 7/8
  • Limiting possession of whole stone crabs on the water to two checker boxes, each up to 3 feet by 2 feet by 2 feet OR a total volume of 24 cubic feet.
  • Checker boxes are used to hold crabs on board a vessel before they are measured and legal-sized claws are removed.
  • Learn more about Florida’s stone crab regulations at
    https://myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/recreational/stone-crab/ 

What Stoners Need to Know!

Stone Crabs are one of Florida’s few renewable saltwater resources and it is important to understand how to properly harvest them.

Whether you are an active crabber or if you are just thinking about getting started, it’s important for everyone to know the rules.

More detailed information is available at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) website.
https://myfwc.com/research/saltwater/crustaceans/stone-crabs/faq/