National Fisherman


Despite rocketing prices for stone-crab claws, many Florida Keys commercial fishermen have nearly given up on the season only two months old.

"We may see record prices but also record pain," said Gary Graves, general manager of Keys Fisheries in Marathon. "Prices don't mean anything if you can't catch anything."

Harvests since shortly after the season opening Oct. 15 have been "as bad as I can remember during my 45 years in the business," Graves said. "It's just bleak."

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