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Stone Crab Claw harvest season begins
You can now harvest Stone Crab Claws.
The season opened up this morning in state and federal waters.
More on the rules and regulations you must follow.
This rocky area near the Bay Bridge is one of the best places to try and catch stone crabs.
The bodies of these crabs are relatively small and are rarely eaten, but the claws which are large and strong enough to break an oyster's shell, are considered a delicacy. Harvesting is accomplished by removing one or both claws from the live animal and returning it to the ocean where it can regrow the lost limbs. To be kept, claws must be 2 and 3 quarter long, measured from the tips of the immovable finger to the first joint. The season will be open through May 15th of 2014
Anthony Arnold- Salesman, Outcast Bait & Tackle
"Most guys use traps, you can have 5 of those per person, your name has to be on the buoy. You can also dive for them around rocks. People sometimes snorkel for them and catch them."
"If you ever had a Stone Crab before, you would understand why people like to harvest them. They got a lot of meat inside the claw and they are easy to clean."
For a complete list of the regulations, head over to weartv.com and click on Newslinks.