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FWC makes changes to stone crab season

Stone crab season begins in Florida on Tuesday, but there are some changes this year.
Stone crab season begins in Florida on Tuesday, but there are some changes this year.(WPTV)
Updated: Oct. 14, 2020 at 2:53 PM EDT
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SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - The Fish & & Wildlife Conservation (FWC) has made the following changes to stone crab season:

· Moving the season’s end date from May 15 to May 1, closed on May 2.

· Requiring a 2.18-inch escape ring in all plastic and wood stone crab traps before the start of the 2023/2024 season.

· Increasing the minimum claw size limit by 1/8 inches from 2.75 inches to 2.875.

· Limiting possession of whole stone crabs on the water to two checker boxes, each up to 3 feet by 2 feet by 2 feet OR a total volume of 24 cubic feet. Checker boxes are used to hold crabs onboard a vessel before they are measured and legal-sized claws are removed.

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