Recreational Stone Crabbing
Stone Crab Limits
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 one.
For more information:
Find out how to measure stone crab claws.
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