State fishery managers will hold a virtual stone crab workshop Thursday, June 18, to gather public input about the management of the stone crab fishery and recently approved draft rules that call for a shortening of the season and increase in the minimum size of claws harvested.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission workshops will start at 6 p.m. and be held Thursday, June 18. To participate in the meetings, go to https://fwc.adobeconnect.com/_a811067963/mfm/ and log in as a guest. Instructions on how to access the audio will be provided on screen.
A long-term declining trend in stone crab landings indicates a decline in the stone crab population and the fishery is likely undergoing overfishing, according to the FWC.