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Old 07-21-2012, 08:01 PM   #11
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the only crab that you'll catch that you can eat are blue claws.

as for the fish, aks the locals when you reel one up. you'll learn very quickly.

also, i would recommend buying a book called "sport fish of the gulf of mexico" by vic dunaway.
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Old 07-21-2012, 09:42 PM   #12
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the only crab that you'll catch that you can eat are blue claws.

as for the fish, aks the locals when you reel one up. you'll learn very quickly.

also, i would recommend buying a book called "sport fish of the gulf of mexico" by vic dunaway.
Oh bucky! You have forgotten our wonderful stonecrabs. You can catch them, but only take legal size claws. The crab must be returned live to regenerate the claws, which can be harvested in the future. Talk about sustainable.

We have other crabs which are edible. Only one of which is commercially harvested, the golden crab.
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Old 07-21-2012, 09:58 PM   #13
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i thought you needed a commercial license for stone crabs?
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Old 07-22-2012, 06:55 AM   #14
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Oh bucky! You have forgotten our wonderful stonecrabs. You can catch them, but only take legal size claws. The crab must be returned live to regenerate the claws, which can be harvested in the future. Talk about sustainable.

We have other crabs which are edible. Only one of which is commercially harvested, the golden crab.
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i thought you needed a commercial license for stone crabs?
really? never knew that chaps.so you take the claws & return them to grow new ones.that IS perpetual motion!! does anyone farm them?how long to regenerate to harvestable size again? are both claws removed or just one 'cos only problem i can see is lack of defence against predators if they are both removed.of course that may be even worse in the confines of a farmed environment.well,you live & learn.
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As long as you follow the rules, all you need is a recreational fishing license.

Presently, both claws can be taken if legal size. It is suggested that only one claw be taken. The claws will be regenerated at the next molt, but I have no idea how many molts to get a legal size claw again.
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Old 07-22-2012, 09:14 AM   #16
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Just a few notes about fish safety: Tilapia is cheap because 95% of it is imported from Cihina, where environmental controls are questionable. I haven't eaten tilapia in years. Flounder and salmon cost just a bit more and are healthier. Also, if you're concerned about mercury at all, avoid large predator fish like swordfish, grouper and mackerel. Since they eat smaller fish, the mercury load in their body is larger and thus more likely to cause problems. Here's more info: The Super Green List from Seafood Watch

Seafood Watch also has downloadable guides for buying safe, sustainable seafood and a mobile app for looking them up when you're in the store.
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so it's " teach a man to fish, and he'll have enough mercury for a thermometer"...
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so it's " teach a man to fish, and he'll have enough mercury for a thermometer"...
Or to *be* a thermometer
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So if I do get frozen fish, should I defrost it before I cook it?

Also if I buy frozen do you recommend cooking it in a pan or in the oven?
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Yes, you should defrost it first.
You can cook it either way. You can also grill fish. Or make soup, or gumbo.
I like me some baked fish!
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