The Safina Center

Koho salmon.Koho salmon.Photo taken by: Carl Safina

Species is relatively abundant, and fishing methods cause little damage to habitat and other wildlife.
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.

Full Seafood Watch species report here.