Florida stone-crab prices are in: How much will you pay at markets, restaurants?
Ready to crack into some Florida stone crabs? Customers have some claws for optimism: Costs at most fish markets, restaurant menus and wholesalers are nearly the same as they were at the start of last season, reversing a trend of record-high prices set in 2021 and 2022.
As Florida’s stone-crab season gets underway this week, seafood purveyors from Broward and Palm Beach counties and even the Gulf Coast are all reporting strong customer demand — and mostly healthy supply. That’s because a few first catches were hampered by stiff weekend gusts and heavy surf, seafood purveyors say, preventing smaller crabbing vessels from pulling up traps in the opening days of the season and pinching supplies of the crustacean delicacy.