Florida stone crab season is from October 15-May 15. Economic/Ecological Importance: The stone crab fishery is unique in that the animals are not killed. The claw is the only part of the crab that is harvested. The animal is then returned to the water to regenerate a new claw. Legal claw size for harvesting is a podus length of at least 70 mm. In 2006, theMenippe mercenaria claw fishery yielded approximately 2.5 million pounds of claws (Sullivan 1979, Simonson 1985).
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