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FWC: Stone crab season closes May 16

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TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission wants to remind commercial and recreational harvesters of stone crab claws that the season in Florida closes on May 16.  The last day of harvest is on May 15.

FWC officials report that this closure occurs each year during the species' peak spawning season to help protect and sustain Florida's valuable stone crab resource.

The next stone crab season will reopen on Oct. 15.  Commercially harvested 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.

Officials say all 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 FWC.

Learn more about the stone crab harvest season by visiting MyFWC.com/Fishing and clicking on "Saltwater" and then either "Recreational Regulations" or "Commercial."

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