MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Attention, stone crab lovers! The season is almost over. So, if you have not had your fill of stone crab claws, time is running out.
The commercial and recreational harvest of stone crab claws in Florida closes on Thursday, May 16th.READ MORE: Vince Lago Wins Coral Gables Mayoral Race
The yearly closure helps to protect stone crabs during its peak spawning season.
The nice thing about eating stone crab claws, other than they are delicious, is that stone crab claws are the only renewable resource from the water. Crabbers take only one claw from each crab, which is then regenerated over time.READ MORE: Road To Reopening: Miami-Dade, Broward Public Schools Planning 100% In-Person Instruction In The Fall
Stone crab season will reopen on October 15.
Stone crab claws may be possessed and sold during the closed season but only if they have been placed in inventory prior to May 16 by a licensed wholesale or retail dealer.MORE NEWS: Sens. Rubio, Scott Say It’s Too Soon To Weigh In On Gaetz's Future
Stone crab traps must be removed from the water within five days after the close of the stone crab season unless a special extension is granted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.