Florida Stone Crabbers Experienced Crustacean Frustration This Season. They Say Red Tide is to Blame.
The stone crab harvest was down this year -- way down -- and local crabbers say it was because of red tide.
With Wednesday marking the final day of harvest for the 2018-19 season, several Cortez crabbers left their boats tied up at the dock, rather than scouting for the hard-to-find crustaceans.
"It's been a very slow year," said Brian Ibasfalean, production manager for A.P. Bell Fish Company Inc. "The boats are way off. (Tuesday), it was about 15 pounds of stone crab...
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