VIDEO: Fish and Wildlife Research Institute Share Interesting Facts About the Stone Crab

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The Scoop on Stone CrabsThe stone crab fishery is unique in that only the claws of the animal are harvested, and the widespread popularity of stone crabs and their claws leads many people to inquire about this important Florida resource. In our new video, researchers answer some commonly asked questions about stone crabs and share a few interesting facts about this common crustacean. For more on our stone crab research, visit: http://bit.ly/1VH2ttb We’re nearly a month into the commercial and recreational stone crab claw harvest season, which has gotten off to a great start this year! For more information on our harvest rules and regulations, visit: http://bit.ly/1krJtUv

Posted by FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute on Friday, November 13, 2015

ABOVE VIDEO: In the above video, researchers answer some commonly asked questions about stone crabs and share a few interesting facts about this common crustacean.

The stone crab fishery is unique in that only the claws of the animal are harvested, and the widespread popularity of stone crabs and their claws leads many people to inquire about this important Florida resource.

To ensure this valuable resource is available for generations to come, take care when removing crab claws, and follow all protective management guidelines for stone crab harvest.

To be harvested, stone crab claws must be at least 2 and three-fourths inches in length when measured from the elbow to the tip of the lower immovable portion of the claw.

Claws may not be taken from egg-bearing stone crabs. Egg-bearing females are identifiable by the orange or brown egg mass, also known as a “sponge,” which is visible on the underside of the crab when it is picked up or turned over.

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The stone crab fishery is unique in that only the claws of the animal are harvested, and the widespread popularity of stone crabs and their claws leads many people to inquire about this important Florida resource.

The stone crab fishery is unique in that only the claws of the animal are harvested, and the widespread popularity of stone crabs and their claws leads many people to inquire about this important Florida resource.


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