Stone Crab Claw Season Starting Soon, Florida Seafood Family Readies as Second Largest Purveyor in the Country

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With Island Crab Company, Pinchers Crab Shack to have Claws in all Locations on the 15th.

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Fresh from the Gulf stone crab claws will be in all Pinchers Crab Shack locations by 6 p.m. on October 15th, when season starts.

They are the largest retail stone crab purveyor on the West Coast of Florida and the second largest in the country.

Stone crab season is just around the corner and the Phelan family is steadily preparing… They owners of Island Crab Company, a seafood wholesaler and distribution facility on Pine Island and are owner/operators of Pinchers Crab Shack, a collection of seven southwest Florida seafood restaurants. As season officially begins, Saturday, October 15th they plan to have claws in all the stores, from Sarasota to south Naples, by 6 p.m. that day.

With “you can’t fake fresh” as their company motto and a focus on quality control, Pinchers Crab Shack is the ideal place to purchase stone crabs. They are the largest retail stone crab purveyor on the West Coast of Florida and the second largest in the country. Based in Southwest Florida, they crab local Gulf waters.

"We look forward to stone crab season each year and so do our customers," commented Grant Phelan, Director of Operations for the family owned and operated business. “Since we own Island Crab, we’re able to serve claws on the 15th when many other restaurants can’t.”

Stone crab claws are the only renewable resource from the water. Crabbers take only one claw from each crab, which is then regenerated over time. Claws must be a minimum of 2.75 inches long to harvest and are measured from the elbow joint to the tip. Season runs from October 15th until May 15th annually. For more information on stone crabs, visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s website.

Pinchers Crab Shack has been operating in Southwest Florida for 15 years and they don’t plan on going anywhere. Known for serving fresh seafood in a casual, tropical atmosphere, Pinchers is a favorite of locals and guests of Southwest Florida alike. For more information, please visit the Pinchers Crab Shack Website or visit their Facebook page.

Please note: 50-55 second B-Roll of stone crabbing is available upon request.


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