FWC: Stone crab season closes May 16 - WFLA News Channel 8

FWC: Stone crab season closes May 16

Posted: Updated:
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."

  • NewsMore>>

  • Clearwater Whole Foods Market opens Sept. 24 with giveaways

    Clearwater Whole Foods Market opens Sept. 24 with giveaways

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:20 PM EDT2014-09-16 19:20:50 GMT
    The new Whole Foods Market is located at the Westfield Countryside Mall next to Sears. Whole Foods photoThe new Whole Foods Market is located at the Westfield Countryside Mall next to Sears. Whole Foods photo
    Pinellas County's first Whole Foods Market grocery store is scheduled to open September 24 with a big grand opening celebration
    Pinellas County's first Whole Foods Market grocery store is scheduled to open September 24 with a big grand opening celebration
  • Female wounded warriors attend Bradenton retreat

    Female wounded warriors attend Bradenton retreat

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:04 PM EDT2014-09-16 19:04:09 GMT
    Fifteen female wounded warriors were gathering together for comradery and counseling during a retreat in Bradenton Tuesday.It's called ‘A Season of Change- You Can!' and it's organized by the Sarasota County Veterans Commission (SCVC) and Professional Assisting Military Families and Friends (PAMFF
    Fifteen female wounded warriors were gathering together for comradery and counseling during a retreat in Bradenton Tuesday.It's called ‘A Season of Change- You Can!' and it's organized by the Sarasota County Veterans Commission (SCVC) and Professional Assisting Military Families and Friends (PAMFF
  • Lakeland teacher accused of sexual battery against student, 14

    Lakeland teacher accused of sexual battery against student, 14

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 2:29 PM EDT2014-09-16 18:29:17 GMT
    Michael Emmanuel Taveras. Polk Co Jail booking photoMichael Emmanuel Taveras. Polk Co Jail booking photo
    Lakeland Police say a middle school teacher gave alcohol and other gifts to a 14-year-old student he is accused of having sex with.
    Lakeland Police say a middle school teacher gave alcohol and other gifts to a 14-year-old student he is accused of having sex with.
Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.