Fla. stone crab fishermen struggling

For Dalton Daffin and the crew of Yours and Mine, a 234 pound pull to the Ernest Hamilton Stone Crab Company was a bright spot in a bleak season.

“It’s bad, not good, compared to last year,” Daffin said.

In a good year, Everglades City Fish House manager Randy Montero ships up to 4,000 claws to his company’s Miami restaurant each day.

This season, it’s been about half of that.

“You could point fingers in 10 different ways, I mean, guys that have been doing this 30 years come up saying you don’t know what’s in the mind of the stone crab,” said Montero.

The losses pile on the backs of 40 captains, crew and their families.

“You’ve got 7 months out of the year to make your livelihood and be able to sustain yourself and pay your bills – it’s hard,” Montero said.

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