With 50 percent of the annual stone crab harvest coming from the commercial fishermen of the Florida Keys, crab season is now open.

The crab harvest is considered a renewable resource. After removing a legal claw the crabs are returned to the water and grow new claws three to four times in their lifetime;thus, the industry appeals to the environmentalist in all of us.

Prices for stone crab claws appear to be good as an abundant supply of crabs is expected. Stone crabs can be found for sale at retail outlets and restaurants throughout the Florida Keys and many parts of inland Florida.

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