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Florida’s Paradise Coast Celebrates Stone Crab Season – Open as of October 15!
October 15, 2010
Florida’s annual Stone Crab Season is now officially open, running from October 15 to May 15.
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Florida’s Paradise Coast Celebrates Stone Crab Season – Open as of October 15
First Annual Stone Crab Festival Planned for October 23-24
Naples, Fla. (October 15, 2010) –
Florida’s annual Stone Crab Season is now officially open, running from October 15 to May 15. Fans of the tasty crab claws flock to Southwest Florida’s Paradise Coast region to find some of the freshest claws around brought in daily to docks in Naples, Isles of Capri, Marco Island and Everglades City.
A favorite place to savor a serving of stone crab claws – typically served cold with a tangy mustard dipping sauce – is the waterfront seafood market district along the Barron River in Everglades City, known as the Stone Crab Capital of the World. Southwest Florida crabbers work hard to harvest the delectable stone crab claws during the annual season. Claws harvested locally find their way to local restaurants and are also shipped to other Florida and national locations.
Known as Florida’s renewable seafood resource, only a claw of at least 2 ¾ inches is harvested and the crab is returned alive to the Gulf of Mexico, where it regenerates a new claw. Stone crabs typically regenerate new claws within one to three years.
During the 2008/2009 season, 2.6 million pounds of stone crab claws were harvested in the state of Florida. That same season, crabbers in the Paradise Coast region including Naples, Marco Island and Everglades City brought in nearly 640,000 pounds. Stone crabs are the number one commercial fishery in the region.
Claws are typically sold in three sizes, medium with 6 to 7 claws per pound; large with 4 to 5 claws per pound and jumbo with 2 to 3 claws per pound. Stone crab claws typically sell for anywhere between $10 to $30 per pound depending on claw size and supply and demand.
This year the Naples Waterfront area celebrates the opening of the season with the first annual Stone Crab Festival October 23-24. The festival will feature music, children’s activities, a block party and plenty of restaurant specials in all of the restaurants in the downtown Tin City and Bayfront areas along Naples Bay.
For more information on Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades – The Paradise Coast, call
1-800-688-3600 for a free visitors guide from within the USA, or dial 1-239-225-1013 from outside the USA; or go at the area’s official visitor information Web site, www.ParadiseCoast.com.