A look back at past stone crab seasons in Southwest Florida
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It's that time of year again for sweet, flaky stone-crab claws.
Hello, stone crab season.
Stone crabs are legal for commercial and recreational harvest in Florida from Oct. 15 - May 15, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.
This year recreational fishers ages 16 and older will be required to complete an online recreational stone crab trap registration form before using stone crab traps.
The start of stone crab season also coincides with the start of a busy season for Naples restaurants as part-time residents from up North start to return to Southwest Florida for the winter.
In depth: The history of stone crab season
Here is a look back at previous stone crab seasons in Southwest Florida:
Red tide concerns in Southwest Florida had some restaurant owners a little nervous in 2018. The summer of 2018 had lingering red tide, algae blooms, bacteria, massive fish kills and tropical weather. Stone crab season is the the lifeblood for many communities in Collier County, according to reporter Shelby Reynolds. Read about the 2018 season »
- Oct. 2018: Naples restaurants gear up for start of stone crab season
- May 2018: Florida stone crab season ends after wallop from Hurricane Irma
- Oct. 2017: Stone crab season off to solid start in Southwest Florida
- Oct. 2017: Stone crab traps set as Goodland businesses recover for season
- 2015-2016: Video of stone crab season
- May 2015: Florida stone crab season produces 'fair' harvest
- Oct. 2015: Stone crab season starts with a bang and big catches
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