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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Stone-crab – Healthy Harvest, Prices Booming

Fishermen are still pulling traps in the final two weeks of stone-crab season, but early indications suggest a step toward a return to normal harvests. “Late-season production has stepped up which could bring us close to a number in the range of a normal season,” Bill Kelly, executive director of the Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen’s […]
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Crab Trap Molesters Face up to 10 Years

On Wednesday, March 18, 2015, a Key West jury took less than two hours to find both Romualdo Ricardo Salado and Christopher J. Payne guilty of one count of Molestation of Another’s Stone Crab Trap by a Commercial Harvester.   Mr. Salado and Mr. Payne were found not guilty of a second count involving the same […]
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