6 All Time Favorite Florida Keys Foods and Where to Find Them

The Florida Keys are well-known for many things such as Fishing, Diving, Beautiful Sunsets and of course Florida Keys foods. The varied recipes found in the local restaurants reflect a multitude of cultural influences from our Spanish, Bahamian, Caribbean neighbors as well as American cuisine. With Commercial fishing the 2nd largest industry in the Keys, just behind tourism, it […]
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Spiny Lobster and Stone Crab Prices in the Florida Keys

We are well into the Spiny Lobster and Stone Crab seasons. The prices should have stabilized after the high prices of the beginning of the seasons. The Chinese play a role in Spiny Lobster prices, but also they are learning how to play the [lobster] game. Last year Stock Island-based commercial lobster fisherman George Niles […]
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Watch Miamian Set Florida Keys Stone Crab Eating Contest Record

Miami resident Juan Mallen took top honors at the annual Stone Crab Eating Contest Saturday in the Florida Keys. Mallen, a 49-year-old commercial appliance technician, cracked and ate 25 stone crab claws in 12 minutes and 54 seconds, besting the old record by more than two minutes. He has been trying to win the contest […]
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You Have Stone Crab Claws – Now What

Commercially caught Stone Crab claws are cooked immediately after harvest and available fresh cooked or frozen. Fresh cooked claws should be eaten within three to four days if packed in ice or stored in the coldest part of a refrigerator. Be sure to only freeze Stone Crab claws that are completely intact and free from […]
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Stone Crab – Recreational and Commercial Season Opens October 15

Recreational and commercial Stone Crab season opens Oct. 15 in state and federal waters  Only the claws may be harvested Although it is currently lawful to harvest both of a stone crab’s claws, this practice leaves the stone crab with few ways to defend itself from predators. FWC encourages people to only take a single claw. […]
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Stone Crab – Is Recreational Crabbing For You

The main Stone Crab harvest method used in both the commercial and recreational fisheries is a baited trap. Some recreational crab fishers collect crabs by hand (using scuba or snorkel gear). Most fishermen use traps. In the commercial stone crab fishery, traps are put out in long lines of up to 100 traps where each […]
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Mmmm! Stone Crab Season – Let’s Get Cracking

Stone crab fishermen would welcome the same prices for more claws in the new season that opens with the first pull Thursday, October 15, 2015. “There’s enough demand to take care of the supply but we’re hoping for more supply,” said Gary Graves from Keys Fisheries in Marathon, a leading supplier of stone-crab claws. Last […]
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Stone Crab Season Starts With a Bang and big Catches

As the 34-foot Lucky Lady rolled in 2- to 3-foot seas Thursday, trap after trap came up from the Gulf of Mexico crawling with stone crabs, many of them big males with jumbo claws. A good opening day of stone crab season, which runs through May 15: The Lucky Lady landed almost 200 pounds of claws in 400 traps, or […]
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FWC Tightens Rules on Certain Stone Crab Traps

State fishery managers have removed a loophole that gave some unscrupulous commercial trap fishermen a leg up on fellow fishermen and had serious impact on the lucrative spiny lobster fishery, which is centered in the Florida Keys. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) amended its regulations for stone crab traps used in Collier, […]
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