Red snapper is back, according to Gulf of Mexico fishermen.
It seems the only thing Florida stone crabbers harvested with any consistency this year was optimism. And that was often hard work.
Florida fishermen have been hard at work elevating the local mullet to its rightful place among good-eating fish, but that market is hard to manage when the fishery hits a downward turn.
Immediately after Hurricane Irma blew through south Florida in early September 2017, about 154,000 of the 350,000 lobster traps deployed annually in the waters around the Florida Keys were severely displaced or lost.
Southern states continue to navigate the challenges of red tide, acidic waters, poaching, reduced demand for their product and a destructive hurricane season.
The preliminary total statewide for this past season is 2.9 million pounds, at a value of $30.6 million. Unfortunately, dockside prices have dipped.