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Stone crabs (Menippe sp.) can be found in both shallow, nearshore waters as well as deep, offshore benthic environments. Their preferred habitats include sandy/muddy bottoms, rocky outcrops, and seagrass beds. Stone crabs can be found on both the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, ranging from North Carolina to Belize, however the Florida Stone Crab Fishery makes up 99% of all stone crab landings in the United States. The stone crab fishery is unique in that only the claws are harvested and the crabs are returned to the water.


FWC researchers are seeking fisher's help in gathering stone crab data in the Florida Keys.


Additional Information

Here you will find frequently asked questions, links to our publications, and information on how we manage stone crabs.

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New Recreational Stone Crab Trap Requirements