Reduced demand and damage from the 2008 hurricanes is resulting in lower Florida stone crab landings for the ongoing 2008-09 season. At the same time, the industry is battling lower prices for stone crab.
"Ex-vessel prices have been down, and the supply has varied throughout the Gulf Coast fishery," said Scott Zimmerman, executive director of the Florida Keys Commercial Fisheries Association in Marathon, Fla.
The state's stone crab season runs from 15 October through 15 May.
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