Stone crabs are a Florida delicacy. They are named for their hard, stony, rust-colored shells. If you happen to visit Miami during stone crab season, which runs from October 15 through May 15, they are a must try. Stone crabs mean as much to our state as the blue soft-shell crab does to Maryland or the lobster to Maine.
What makes stone crabs ecologically interesting, is that their claws regenerate. When the stone crab is caught, the fisherman only takes one claw. He then releases the stalk-eyed crustacean back into the water and a new claw will grow back in 12 to 18 months. Stone crabs can regenerate their claws three to four times. The Monterey Bay Aquarium considers the Florida stone crab fishery sustainable and a “Best Choice.” Like we mentioned, going green, being green, is easy and fun and this time, it is delicious too.