Stone Crab Limits
No Females With Eggs
2 3/4 Inch Claw

Open Season
October 15-May 15

Bag Limit
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

Maximum of five (5) stone crab 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-13.008, Florida
Administrative Code

Can both stone crab claws be harvested?

Both claws of a stone crab may be harvested lawfully if they are of legal size.
Although it is currently lawful to harvest both of a stone crab's claws this
practice leaves the stone crab with few alternatives to defend itself from
predators. Although the crab can still obtain minimal amounts of food with no
claws, having one claw (if the other one is harvested) will enable the crab to
obtain greater amounts of food in a shorter amount of time. Stone crabs (like
other crustaceans) have the ability to grow back their claws, but this process
requires a large amount of energy in the form of food. The quicker the crab can
obtain the energy required to molt and grow its lost claw, the sooner this
renewable delicacy will have another claw to replace the missing claw.
How to Measure Stone Crab

Stone Crab claws must measure at least 2
3/4-inches in length measured by a straight line from
the elbow to the tip of the lower immovable finger.
The forearm (propodus) shall be deemed to be the
largest section of the claw assembly that has both a
moveable and immovable finger and is located
farthest from the body of the crab.