Stone Crabbers

Bob Care / Florida Keys News Service

  One of Floridians' favorite local foods should be back on the menu, with the opening of stone crab season on Thursday.

Why Stone Crabbers Are Praying For A Better Season

Oct 14, 2013
Marya Repko

All summer, stone crab crews have been mending their traps and preparing their boats -- waiting for the start of the stone crab season.

With the opening of the season starting Oct. 15, the economic future of the industry will hinge on how bountiful the catch is for Monroe, Lee and Collier counties.

It’s these three areas that provide the bulk of the two to three million pounds of stone crab landings in Florida each year.

But last year, the going was rough for a lot of the crabbers.