LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Warm up the butter and get your seafood crackers ready. Stone crab season officially started Monday.
Recreational fishermen are allowed to place as many as 5 traps in the water, but they have to be made out of wood, plastic, or wire, and you can only work on them during daylight hours and must be pulled by hand.
Both claws may be removed from crabs if they are large enough, but FWC reminds fishermen that this practice leaves the animal unable to defend itself.
Traps were allowed to be set on October 5th, and can now be legally harvested.
Round throats on traps are now prohibited in Collier, Monroe, and Miami-Dade counties.
Stone crab season ends May 15.
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