Florida’s stone crab season kicks off Oct. 15: Will claws cost more than last season?

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Florida’s stone crab season kicks off Oct. 15: Will claws cost more than last season?

Florida’s stone crab season officially kicks off Saturday, and for those craving this sweet crustacean delicacy, local seafood purveyors say early signs point to abundant supply but costlier claws at markets and restaurants.

Similarly to last year — when the COVID-19 pandemic caused prices to surge — fishers, wholesalers and seafood markets this year are expecting to feel the effects of Hurricane Ian, which hit the state’s Gulf Coast on Sept. 28. More-expensive diesel fuel and crab bait could also mean steeper prices than at the end of last season.

The first harvests are expected to arrive at restaurant menus, wholesalers and seafood markets by Sunday morning.

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