Friday, Noon to 9 pm; Saturday, 10 am-9 pm; Sunday, 10 am-5 pm. Pet friendly. Friday, 4 pm-10 pm; Saturday, 11 am-10 pm; Sunday, 11 am-6 pm. Benefit Moose Charities. Traps that are attached to private property such as a dock are not included in the closures. Starting Jan. 1, 2020, recreational harvesters age 16 and older who fish with blue crab traps will need to complete an online, no-cost recreational blue crab trap registration before placing their traps in the water. The closures alternate coasts every year with closures on the east coast of Florida occurring during the even numbered years and closures on the west coast occurring on the odd years. Held every year on the Friday and Saturday before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Historic Apalachicola at Riverfront Park. 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(Rescheduled from September 25-27) From low country boil to sampler platters  including, Shrimp, Crawfish, Scallops, Crab, Grouper, Alligator, Calamari, Gumbo, Lobster Rolls, Crawfish Mac’n’Cheese, Grits a YaYa, Seafood Skewers, Kabobs, Crab Cakes, Jambalaya, Etoufee, Coconut Shrimp, Seafood Baskets, Paella, Conch Fritters. March 19-21, 2021. Pasco County charges a $5 parking fee inside Sunwest Park. The effective date for these changes is to be determined. Fried and smoked mullet (and other southern dishes), music, crafts, kids events, car show. In an effort to identify and retrieve lost and abandoned blue crab traps from Florida, the FWC has established regional blue crab trap closures. Pursuant to section 120.74, Florida Statutes, the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has published its 2019 Agency Regulatory Plan. To legally keep a stone crab, the claw’s size must not be less than two and three-quarter inches. Benefits non-profit charities. Naples Stone Crab Festival. Admission: $4. Simmons Park, 2401 19th Avenue NW, Ruskin, CANCELLED. 11 am-5 pm. Variety of seafood and a conch chowder contest (Saturday). TBA St. Armands Seafood & Music Festival, St. Armands Circle Park, Sarasota. Kicks off stone crab season in southwest Florida. Friday, 4-10 pm; Saturday, 11 am-10 pm; Sunday, 11 am-6 pm. Bayview Park, 1320 Truman Ave, Key West. South Shore (Ruskin) Seafood Festival. (Next year’s date: Nov. 13-14, 2021), Nothing Scheduled. Live music. Admission $10. Thus, fall would be an apt time to catch the meaty ones. Become a valued customer by subscribing to TCPalm. Read more. Pioneer Park, Englewood, FL. Crab Measuring Gauges for Dungeness & Blue Crabs. 3 days of live bands, crab races, carnival rides, Beer garden, craft vendors, photo booths, kids area and seafood. This spot is known to a handful of crabbers. NOTHING SCHEDULED. Best Crabbing Spots in Florida. Scheduled for March 13-14, 2021. Admission is free. (Marker 49 by boat). Sponsored by Rotary of Sebastian and Exchange Club of Fellsmere to benefit youth sports. 4th Annual. Admission: $30, includes beer tent; under 12, free. It is about three to four miles from Nassau Sound Bridge. 620 S. Meridian St. • Tallahassee, FL • (850) 488-4676 Sponge Docks Seafood Festival. However, you can indulge in blue crabbing for most parts of the year, except between September 20 to October 4. Daily Bag Limit: 10 gallons whole per harvester per day, Legal Gear: blue crab trap (max. A similar requirement has been in effect for recreational stone crab traps since Oct. 15. Traps must not be placed in navigational channels of the Intracoastal waterways, or in navigational channels maintained and marked by any county, municipal, state or federal governmental agency. Fried fish baskets, Spiny Lobster platters, sampler platters with fish, stone crab, conch fritter, conch ceviche, Key West pink shrimp. However, the daily limit of stone crabs is one gallon per person. Florida’s Department of Fish & Wildlife website, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, ➰ The Best Crab Lines for Traps, Pots & Trotlining, The Best Crabbing Gloves On The Market, Size – 2x2x2 feet or 8 cubic feet in volume. Moving the season end date from May 15 to May 1, closed on May 2. Chowder cook-off, cooking demos. Admission: $5 donation requested. Homosassa Civic Club, 5530 S Mason Creek Rd, Homosassa Springs. When marking traps, it is important to use materials that will withstand being submerged in salt water. On Saturday, sample a variety of gumbo and vote for your favorite; Live music on Sunday by Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe. Nov. 7, 2020. My dad is in his 70s, and I worry about him, a bit, in the uncharacteristic cold. How large do the crabs need to be in order to legally keep them in Florida? Seafood dishes are prepared using fresh local and sustainable ocean resources from the Florida Gulf Coast. Staff will use these comments to help improve the final rule language, which will be brought before the commission at a future meeting. Entertainment, arts and crafts. Scheduled for March 6-7, 2021. Registration numbers for blue crab traps will begin with the letter “B.” This information must be legible and must be permanently attached to each trap. November 2020 Seafood Festivals in Florida, January 2021 Seafood Festivals in Florida. Free admission. Nov. 7-8, 2020. Friday, 4pm – 10pm; Saturday, 11am – 10pm; Sunday 11am – 6pm. The registration process is free, and you can complete the process online. Fried shrimp to fresh fish tacos, poke bowls to authentic Philly cheesesteaks. Other states have also reported declines in flounder populations and have been making their own regulation changes. 48th Annual Rock Shrimp Festival, St. Mary’s, Georgia. Florida’s stone crab fishery has experienced a long-term decline in harvest and is likely undergoing overfishing. Traps must be pulled manually (not by a mechanical trap puller). Buzzard Lope Queen and Princess events. However, you can indulge in blue crabbing for most parts of the year, except between September 20 to October 4. Free parking. Riverview Park, 600 U.S. 1, Sebastian. Regionally the crab is also known as the Chesapeake blue crab and it’s indigenous to the waters of the Atlantic Ocean as well as the Gulf of Mexico. I unzip the sleeping bag I always keep in my trunk to make a blanket for him, and that, coupled with a few cups of hot coffee, makes us feel much better. Nothing Scheduled ShrimpaPalooza, Homosassa. No harvest allowed with any trap out of state waters (seaward of nine nautical miles from shore in the Gulf of Mexico or seaward of three nautical miles from shore in the Atlantic Ocean). Many people love to go crabbing in Florida, where you can catch blue crabs and stone crabs. In addition, some areas on the channel are quite deep. This no-cost registration will allow FWC to collect important information about these recreational fisheries needed for future stock assessments and management decisions. (Children 4-14: $7 advance, $10 gate) Admission includes entry to the Estate grounds, free activities in the Li’l Shrimp Kids Zone, science activities in the Deering Discovery Cove, and entertainment. Rent your place. Nothing Scheduled Sept 2021. Free admission. Read more. CANCELLED Nov. 23, 2020. 5 per person), dip or landing net, drop net, fold up trap with a volume of no more than one cubic foot, hook and line, push scrape, trotline. A stock status suggests that the flounder fishery statewide has been in a general decline in recent years. Fresh seafood caught locally, prepared and served by local fishermen and women. The creek is home to some of the biggest clue crabs in all of Florida and elsewhere. Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival. Festival proceeds are spent locally to fund Kiwanis youth programs in Camden County. Proceeds benefit the Florida Aquatic Marine Institute and the Toys For Kids Foundation. Arts and crafts. The FWC will host online stakeholder workshops to present proposed rule changes and collect public and industry comment on this topic. But you can keep a female blue crab of any size if it does not bear any eggs. Marco Island Seafood Festival. Sponsored by the Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen’s Association. Key West Lobsterfest, Lobster boil (Thursday) Reef’n Ritas , Duval Crawl (Friday night), Street Fair (Saturday, 9 am-11 pm) Free Concert (Saturday, 1-11:30 pm) 218 Whitehead Street, Key West, Nothing Scheduled. On the beach where Highway 59 meets Hwy 182 (Beach Rd. Admission is free. Gulfside fishing community serves up fresh, local delicacies, and vendors selling everything from custom jewelry to hand-crafted furniture. There are no seafood festivals scheduled during June and July. Commissioners unanimously approved staff recommendations to create new rules to address the importation, breeding and possession of high-risk reptiles such as pythons, tegu lizards and iguanas. Increasing the minimum claw size limit by 1/8 inches from 2¾ inches to 2⅞ inches. Festival proceeds go to charitable organizations in St. Marks and the surrounding area. Harborwalk, Destin. Friday, 2 pm-9 pm; Saturday, 10 am-9 pm; Sunday, 10 am-5 pm. Special regulations apply for traps and this species when in Biscayne National Park. Proceeds support charitable causes: local, state, national and international, in that order. It is technically a spot between the two locations, i.e. Diverse menu of seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes cooked fresh by local restaurants and food purveyors. Releasing female blue crabs enhances reproductive capacity and population renewal. Seafood, oyster eating and oyster shucking contests, blue crab races, parade, 5k Redfish Run, Blessing of the Fleet, musical entertainment. Establish a November commercial trip and vessel limit of 50 pounds when using allowable gear. The prohibition against harvesting a female stone crab with eggs also applies. It is located right on the Amelia River. UNDER REVIEW Feb. 19-21, 2021. Admission Free. This no-cost registration will allow the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to collect needed … CANCELLED Feb. 5-7, 2021. Held along Ormond’s riverfront, the event features water activities, a popular kids fishing clinic, chef demonstrations, a kids’ zone, vendors and music. Occasionally there are sections of the waters that can be closed due to inclement weather. Male crabs are capable of mating several times, but females are only able to mate once, after they mature. This is not your typical seafood festival, but a high-end experience. Reduce recreational bag limit from 10 to five fish per person.