Stone Crab Season About To Wrap

CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – Stone crab harvesting season is about to wrap and when it does it will be one for the books – and not in a good way.

The season, which started October 15th, draws to a close on May 15th.

Commercial fishermen have complained that the current stone crab season has been largely a bust.

A poor stone crab harvest drives up the price of the seafood delicacy, so some restaurants that regularly feature stone crabs have been promoting other dishes instead.

Ryan Gandy, a research scientist who studies crustaceans at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg, concedes this has been a bad season so far, but hardly the worst on record.

“I don’t have anything to suggest that this isn’t within the normal cycle that we see,” Gandy said. “It’s coming off some good years. It’s within what…

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