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Stone Crab Season Opens

Processor Keith Ellis checks the temperature of the boiler as stone crabs cook during the first day of stone crab season at Kelly's Fish House in Naples on Oct. 15, 2010. During the 2008-2009 season, 2.6 million pounds of stone crab claws were harvested in the state of Florida including 640,000 pounds on the Paradise Coast. Stone crabs are the number one commercial fishery in the region. The first Stone Crab Festival will be held at Tin City on Oct. 23-24. Greg Kahn/Staff

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Processor Keith Ellis checks the temperature of the boiler as stone crabs cook during the first day of stone crab season at Kelly's Fish House in Naples on Oct. 15, 2010. During the 2008-2009 season, 2.6 million pounds of stone crab claws were harvested in the state of Florida including 640,000 pounds on the Paradise Coast. Stone crabs are the number one commercial fishery in the region. The first Stone Crab Festival will be held at Tin City on Oct. 23-24. Greg Kahn/Staff

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  • First mate Alberto Rosales, left, and Stewart Sheridan, center, a crew hand, weigh baskets of stone crab claws as Bill Winans, doc master, gets the boiler ready during the first day of stone crab season at Kelly's Fish House in Naples on Oct. 15, 2010. During the 2008-2009 season, 2.6 million pounds of stone crab claws were harvested in the state of Florida including 640,000 pounds on the Paradise Coast. Stone crabs are the number one commercial fishery in the region. The first Stone Crab Festival will be held at Tin City on Oct. 23-24. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Alberto Rosales weighs a basket of stone crab claws during the first day of stone crab season at Kelly's Fish House in Naples on Oct. 15, 2010. During the 2008-2009 season, 2.6 million pounds of stone crab claws were harvested in the state of Florida including 640,000 pounds on the Paradise Coast. Stone crabs are the number one commercial fishery in the region. The first Stone Crab Festival will be held at Tin City on Oct. 23-24. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Processor Keith Ellis sorts stone crab claws during the first day of stone crab season at Kelly's Fish House in Naples on Oct. 15, 2010. During the 2008-2009 season, 2.6 million pounds of stone crab claws were harvested in the state of Florida including 640,000 pounds on the Paradise Coast. Stone crabs are the number one commercial fishery in the region. The first Stone Crab Festival will be held at Tin City on Oct. 23-24. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Cooked stone crab claws emerge on a conveyor belt after being cooled during the first day of stone crab season at Kelly's Fish House in Naples on Oct. 15, 2010. During the 2008-2009 season, 2.6 million pounds of stone crab claws were harvested in the state of Florida including 640,000 pounds on the Paradise Coast. Stone crabs are the number one commercial fishery in the region. The first Stone Crab Festival will be held at Tin City on Oct. 23-24. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Processor Keith Ellis shovels ice into a wash full of stone crabs during the first day of stone crab season at Kelly's Fish House in Naples on Oct. 15, 2010. During the 2008-2009 season, 2.6 million pounds of stone crab claws were harvested in the state of Florida including 640,000 pounds on the Paradise Coast. Stone crabs are the number one commercial fishery in the region. The first Stone Crab Festival will be held at Tin City on Oct. 23-24. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Processor Keith Ellis checks the temperature of the boiler as stone crabs cook during the first day of stone crab season at Kelly's Fish House in Naples on Oct. 15, 2010. During the 2008-2009 season, 2.6 million pounds of stone crab claws were harvested in the state of Florida including 640,000 pounds on the Paradise Coast. Stone crabs are the number one commercial fishery in the region. The first Stone Crab Festival will be held at Tin City on Oct. 23-24. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Capt. Jim Miller pours part of his catch of stone crab claws into a basket to be weighed during the first day of stone crab season at Kelly's Fish House in Naples on Oct. 15, 2010. During the 2008-2009 season, 2.6 million pounds of stone crab claws were harvested in the state of Florida including 640,000 pounds on the Paradise Coast. Stone crabs are the number one commercial fishery in the region. The first Stone Crab Festival will be held at Tin City on Oct. 23-24. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Doc master Bill Winans attempts to fix a broken boiler during the first day of stone crab season at Kelly's Fish House in Naples on Oct. 15, 2010. During the 2008-2009 season, 2.6 million pounds of stone crab claws were harvested in the state of Florida including 640,000 pounds on the Paradise Coast. Stone crabs are the number one commercial fishery in the region. The first Stone Crab Festival will be held at Tin City on Oct. 23-24. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Doc master Bill Winans attempts to fix a broken boiler during the first day of stone crab season at Kelly's Fish House in Naples on Oct. 15, 2010. During the 2008-2009 season, 2.6 million pounds of stone crab claws were harvested in the state of Florida including 640,000 pounds on the Paradise Coast. Stone crabs are the number one commercial fishery in the region. The first Stone Crab Festival will be held at Tin City on Oct. 23-24. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • A basket of stone crab claws weighing 58 pounds waits to be boiled during the first day of stone crab season at Kelly's Fish House in Naples on Oct. 15, 2010. During the 2008-2009 season, 2.6 million pounds of stone crab claws were harvested in the state of Florida including 640,000 pounds on the Paradise Coast. Stone crabs are the number one commercial fishery in the region. The first Stone Crab Festival will be held at Tin City on Oct. 23-24. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Doc master Bill Winans, left, weighs a basket of stone crab claws as Ron Ermert watches during the first day of stone crab season at Kelly's Fish House in Naples on Oct. 15, 2010. During the 2008-2009 season, 2.6 million pounds of stone crab claws were harvested in the state of Florida including 640,000 pounds on the Paradise Coast. Stone crabs are the number one commercial fishery in the region. The first Stone Crab Festival will be held at Tin City on Oct. 23-24. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Nearly 60 pounds of stone crab claws are hauled in from a boat during the first day of stone crab season at Kelly's Fish House in Naples on Oct. 15, 2010. During the 2008-2009 season, 2.6 million pounds of stone crab claws were harvested in the state of Florida including 640,000 pounds on the Paradise Coast. Stone crabs are the number one commercial fishery in the region. The first Stone Crab Festival will be held at Tin City on Oct. 23-24. Greg Kahn/Staff

Scenes from opening day of stone crab season at Kelly's Fish House in Naples on Oct. 15, 2010.

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