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Stone Crabs - Anyone know a reliable place for shipped fresh?

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Mr.Celiac Dec 25, 2012 12:19 PM

Joe's is too expensive. Captain Dons Seafood is not taking stone crab orders through the end of the year. Anyone know another great place from which to order stone crabs?

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    DolceFarNiente Dec 26, 2012 10:17 AM

    Just talked to Delaware (Hollywood) and they have stock but are limited in some sizes. Jumbo's are $35.99 and they will take orders. Inventory is getting very scarce here so grab them where you can.

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      LargeLife Dec 26, 2012 05:55 AM

      Everyone is expensive right now......Crab harvests are extremely low this year......

      There are conspiracy theorists out there....but I happen to work in an industry that conducts business on the "open market".....And while sky-high prices are great....they're rather meaning less unless you have something to sell....(and prosper from).....But supply is such that there's nothing to believe than harvests are abnormally (and unusually) light this year.....

      And unfortuately, hundreds of workers in Keys crab industry have been laid off during the holiday season....and nobody wants to see that....

      EMac
      Ft. Pierce, FL

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      1. re: LargeLife
        CFByrne Dec 26, 2012 06:37 AM

        "This season has turned "bleak," Keys Fisheries General Manager Gary Graves said Tuesday. The Marathon fish house been forced to lay off staff on its production side and raise dockside prices to keep fishing crews from pulling their traps out of the water early.

        Still, harvests of legal-size claws coming into the docks are a small fraction of what they should be, Graves said.

        Poor harvests in the Keys -- which account for nearly half the state take of stone-crab claws -- are reflected along the Gulf of Mexico coast, Gandy said. "It's not specific to the Keys," he said. "We're seeing it throughout the fishery."

        http://www.keysnet.com/2012/12/22/483...

        1. re: CFByrne
          Veggo Dec 26, 2012 07:31 AM

          The take-away on this for those who want more and cheaper stone crabs is eat more octopus!

          1. re: CFByrne
            CFByrne Jan 1, 2014 07:09 AM

            My sister lives in Key Largo, surrounded by restaurant workers and more importantly, fishermen and crabbers.

            Yesterday I asked her about this season. Pretty bad, she said. Traps coming up light, just like last year.

            Prices sky high, especially for the large and jumbos.

        2. Veggo Dec 25, 2012 06:00 PM

          The colossals I had for lunch today were $47/lb,retail from WF in Sarasota, so fasten your seatbelt and get your checkbook out. It has been a dreadful season for stone crabs here in Florida. They are blaming octopi, but I have my own theories.

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            sfeatz Dec 25, 2012 05:44 PM

            I second George's! I have had great experiences with them any time I order.

            1. The Chowfather Dec 25, 2012 03:26 PM

              Triar in Hollywood ships and I would also recommend Billy's. http://www.crabs.com/

              1. Frodnesor Dec 25, 2012 01:08 PM

                Have you tried George's Stone Crab?
                http://georgestonecrab.com/

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