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Stone crab season flops
Tampa Tribune, by Keith Morelli

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Posted By:Hazymac, 3/29/2013 11:05:49 AM

TAMPA - The weight you gain these days from a plateful of hefty stone crab claws soaked in drawn butter or mustard sauce is offset by the weight you lose from your wallet. Stone crab suddenly is hard to find in local restaurants and fish markets and expensive when it’s available. Blame the weather, natural population fluctuations and an influx of octopus that love stone crabs even more than hungry Floridians do. Stone crabs are only harvested along Florida’s Gulf Coast; the season runs from Oct. 15 to May 15. Crabs are trapped, pulled to the surface

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Stone crab claws, which are not harvested on the Atlantic side of the state, are among the most succulent foods that can be found in local waters. The famous Joe´s Stone Crab Restaurant on South Beach (Miami) has in recent years sold up to 4,000 pounds of Gulf stone crab claws each day. This year prices are painful--especially for the jumbo claws--and sales are down.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Liberal like Jefferson, 3/29/2013 11:46:24 AM     (No. 9249847)

Time to eat the octopus that have decimated the stone crab population. Octopus are delicious, too.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: olcap, 3/29/2013 12:03:40 PM     (No. 9249888)

The gulf has been poisoned. The pacific has been, and will continue to br poisoned with radiation untip the end of time.

The reason in both cases? Greed.

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