Stone crab season begins Saturday

MIAMI — After a five-month hiatus, stone crab season is just around the corner.

The annual season begins Saturday. The event will be marked in Miami Beach on Friday, when the famous Joe's Stone Crab restaurant opens for its 99th season.

The large claws are considered a delicacy. Harvesting is accomplished by removing one claw from the live crab and returning it to the ocean where it can regrow the lost limb.

The Miami Herald reports that there are a number of rules fishermen must follow. For example, egg-bearing female stone crabs cannot be declawed. The crabs must be caught in baited traps, declawed, and then released. No spears or hooks can be used.

Stone crab season runs from Oct. 15 to May 15.

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