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Indigenous Florida Keys cuisine typically means fresh fish and seafood harvested from local waters, headlining nearly every restaurant menu. For a delicious bite to spark your taste buds, check out some small, off-the-grid and new-location eateries that Keys locals favor for their flavors. In Key Largo, diners can kick off ... Read More
Look Out for Tagged Stone Crabs in the Keys FWRI crustacean biologists are investigating stone crab movement throughout the Florida Keys. Stone Crabs caught in our fisheries independent monitoring traps are being tagged and released into nearby waters. Look out for Tagged Stone Crabs. We hope to get enough tag ... Read More
Hogfish recreational harvest will close in state and federal waters off the east coast of Florida and Florida Keys Nov. 1. This closure includes all state waters south of Cape Sable, which is on the Gulf side of Florida, and up the Atlantic coast. The Keys/east Florida hogfish season runs from May ... Read More
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 ... Read More
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 ... Read More
The onset of winter in Florida not only brings wonderfully mild sunny weather but also the eagerly anticipated annual harvest of stone crab claws. The Crustacean Fisheries group at the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) is responsible for monitoring the commercial stone crab fishery along with conducting research on ... Read More
Hidden Foodie Favorites in the Florida Keys & Key West, fresh seafood is a must for just about every meal. With the abundance of fish and seafood in Keys waters, it’s no wonder the island chain’s indigenous cuisine relies on it. Keys restaurants range from gourmet hotspots to dockside seafood ... Read More
During the 2021 Legislative Session, the Florida Legislature created a new law permitting counties to establish specified anchoring limitation areas within their jurisdictions. Vessels would be prohibited from anchoring within such areas for more than 45 consecutive days in any six-month period. These new provisions are in section 327.4108, Florida ... Read More
Parents, kids, grandparents and extended families can explore [mostly Key West] Florida Keys attractions, tours, watersports and other offerings while participating in a value-added program that provides free admission and opportunities for children age 12 or younger. Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 7, and continuing through Friday, Oct. 15, the Kids Free Florida ... Read More
For over 20 years the Take Stock in Children Backcountry Challenge has combined community and families with fishing and fundraising. Presented by the Rotary Club of Key Largo, the 2021 tournament is to test anglers of all ages Friday through Sunday, Sept. 24-26. The popular catch-and-release tournament raises money ... Read More
As many as 500 solo and relay-team open-ocean swimmers will attempt to conquer the eighth annual Swim for Alligator Lighthouse, a unique endurance challenge in Atlantic Ocean waters off Islamorada slated for Saturday, Sept. 11. Individuals and two-, three- and four-person teams must complete the 8-mile roundtrip course in less ... Read More
The recreational harvest season for snook starts Sept. 1 statewide with the exception of state waters from Pinellas/Hillsborough counties (including Tampa Bay) south to Gordon Pass in Collier County. These waters are catch-and-release for snook due to impacts from red tide. Unique to the region, snook are one of the ... Read More
The Florida Sport Spiny Lobster mini-season last Wednesday and Thursday is over. Regular spiny lobster season starts Aug. 6 and runs through March 31. FWC plans to ramp up its efforts to combat poaching and trap robbing this season. The FWC plans to patrol the nearshore waters in a boat with ... Read More
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Divers interested in viewing the underwater phenomenon of coral spawning can join Florida Keys dive operators during select Coral Reef Spawning charters — twilight trips to shallow reefs on or around the full moons in August and September to watch the reproductive action along the continental United States’ only living ... Read More
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) arrested two individuals for the illegal killing of a tarpon in Key Largo. Officers are working to identify a third individual who was also involved. In March, the FWC received photographs and video of a large tarpon being held by three individuals ... Read More
An extensive public awareness initiative has begun to help leisure Florida Keys travelers and residents have an enjoyable, safe and non-impacting experience during both the two-day Spiny Lobster Sport Season and the traditional lobster harvesting season. A dedicated website, KeysLobsterSeason.com, includes interactive videos with need-to-know dive and boating safety tips, up-to-date ... Read More
Traditionally, thousands of Keys visitors and residents participate in the spiny lobster sport season. Officials emphasize that it’s important to catch lobsters responsibly and protect their habitats. Florida lobster “mini” sport season, named for its short time duration, begins at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, July 28, 2021, and ends at midnight ... Read More
There seems to be no debate among Florida lobster aficionados concerning how to cook this delicacy of the sea. "You have got to grill them," said restaurateur Frank Chivas. "There is no other way." But Chivas and his longtime friend Tom Pritchard, the creative force behind many of his restaurants, disagreed ... Read More
The antennae sticking out of the hole gave the creature away. So with great caution and care, I placed my tickle stick behind the Florida Lobster and tried to gently coax it into my net. But with one flip of its tail, it shot out between my legs like a ... Read More