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Recreational Stone Crabbing Information


Stone Crab Limits

Stone Crab
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October 15-May 15
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1 Gallon Of Claws Per Person or 2 Gallons Per Vessel, Whichever Is Less

Stone Crab Harvesting Gear

  • It is unlawful to use any device on the taking of stone crabs that can puncture, crush, or injure the crab body, such as spears, grains, grabs, hooks, or similar devices
  • Maximum of five (5) blue crabs traps per person as described in the summary of stone crab trapping rules below

Stone Crab Trapping Rules

  • Five trap maximum
  • Buoy must have a legible "R" at least two inches high, permanently affixed to it. Buoys are not required if trap is fished from a dock.
  • Trap shall have harvesters name and address permanently affixed to it in legible letters.
  • Traps must be pulled manually (not by a trap puller). Any vessel that is rigged with a trap puller will be considered a commercial vessel and the appropriate licenses will be required.
  • Traps must be pulled only during daylight hours.
  • Traps must not be placed in navigational channels of the intracoastal waterways, or in navigational channels maintained and marked by any county, municipal, state or federal governmental agency.
  • A Florida recreational fishing license is required to harvest stone crabs under the recreational fishing regulations.
  • Stone crab trap specifications are the same for recreational and commercial harvesters. Trap specifications may be found in Rule 68B-45.004, Florida Administrative Code.

Information Provided By The Florida Fish And Wildlife Conservation Commission

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