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Seafood and Fishing Industry

Stone crab season begins

Stone crab season begins

"I'm praying to the stone-crab gods right now," said Stephen Sawitz, two hours before his family's Joe's Stone Crab was set to open for its 100th season Tuesday afternoon. "I'm praying for a healthy harvest."

At the first 5 p.m. seating, Joe's served frozen claws from the end of last May's harvest. This year's fresh catch will hit South Florida restaurants and fish markets Wednesday.

Stone crabs are a throwback to a time when food had seasons. You ate asparagus in spring and sweet corn in late summer. Florida's stone-crab season runs Oct. 15 through May 15. End of story. The meat is sweeter than lobster, more tender than other crab species and more...