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Octopuses threaten South Florida Stone Crabs

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South Florida residents who make a living on harvesting Stone Crabs have a nemesis in the octopus. South Florida residents who make a living on harvesting Stone Crabs have a nemesis in the octopus.
FORT MYERS, FL (WFLA) - An eight-legged mollusk with a big appetite has once again threatened to wreck Lee County's commercial stone crab season.

The News-Press reports that octopuses have invaded the area and are turning trapped stone crabs into piles of shell fragments.

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Octopuses are a stone crab's and a commercial stone crabber's worst nightmare.

They're voracious predators; they love stone crabs; they can easily crawl into and out of stone crab traps; and they're smart.

Stone crabs are an important fishery in Florida: From 2003 through 2012, commercial fishermen harvested an average of 2.68 million pounds of stone crab claws with an average dockside value of $23.09 million.

Lee County's 10-year average was 136,666 pounds of claws.

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