Crab, Stone – U.S.
Stone Crabs are popular in the Southeast U.S. and supplied predominantly by the Florida crab fishery.
Fishers use traps or pots to catch Stone Crab, which result is minimal catches of non-target species. The fishers take one or both of the claws of the Stone Crabs and then return the crab to the water alive. The crabs can regenerate their claws overtime, though the survival rate of declawed crabs is uncertain. Abundance of Stone Crabs is likely stable.
Fishers for Stone Crabs have been advocates for strong management; they urged regulators to adopt a program to reduce the number of traps allowed in the fishery.