A welcome goodbye to a bleak stone-crab season – Florida Keys commercial fleet.

KeyNet.comBut we never had a winter,” he said. “It went from fall to summer. The first cold front didn’t hit until March.” For unknown reasons, it has been a banner season for octopus, a predator of stone crabs in the Keys and all along the state’s Gulf of Mexico coast. “When the octopus season went ballistic, the crabs either got attacked or dug themselves in,” Hill said. continued