With the onset of autumn, South Florida looks forward to the return of stone crab claws. The season, stretching from October 15 to May 1, ushers in a busy period for fishermen across the state. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has introduced new trap regulations for the 2023-2024 season to ensure sustainable harvesting.
Notable changes include a mandatory unobstructed escape ring, specific trap size and entrance dimensions, and the requirement for a degradable panel on traps. These regulations, aimed at promoting sustainability, could pose challenges in catch quantity, necessitating strategic planning for seafood suppliers.
The unique taste and texture of stone crab claws make them a prized menu item for most East Coast menus. With that being said here are some tips on how to prepare them:
Boiling: A quick boil followed by a chill in an ice bath helps retain the succulent texture.
Cracking: Use a mallet or cracker to gently crack the shell, making it easier for your patrons to delve into the sweet meat.
Serving: Serve with a side of mustard sauce or drawn butter to enhance the rich flavors of the crab.
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