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Stone crabs are a delicacy in South Florida, and federal wildlife protection agencies like FWC would like to keep them abundant. In order to do that, they’ve made a minimum size for these delicious crustacean limbs. Here’s how to measure stone crab claws.

Stone crab claws must measure at least 2 ¾-inches in length measured by a straight line from the elbow to the tip of the lower immovable finger. This is the largest section of the claw that has both a movable and immovable finger, and is located farthest from the body of the crab.

For more information, visit http://myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/commercial/stone-crab/

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Green market season is here, and South Florida farmers and artisans have an abundance of fresh produce, Florida oranges, tropical fruit, eggs, milk, cheese, honey, and baked goods to offer. We've put together a helpful list for you to find the best green market near you.

Delray Beach Green Market

65 food vendors offer fresh produce, Florida citrus, tropical fruit and juice, farm-fresh eggs, raw milk and butter, artisan cheese and jam, baked goods, gluten-free, vegan, organic products, fresh flowers, and live music.


Old School Square Park
NE 2nd Avenue
Saturdays 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. running Oct. 27 - May 18, 2019.
Dogs: Yes
Parking: Free at the parking garage in Old Square Park.

 

Downtown Fort Pierce Farmer’s Market

Ranked in top 5

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Pictured: Shannon Discount & Capt. Michael O'Conner of Boatsitters

Offshore, football-sized blackfin tuna have been pretty easy to get ahold of in about 200-400’ of water. You can use small daisy chains or troll with feathers, but quite a few have been caught trolling with small-skirted bonita strips as well. We had a lot of success with neon green and white skirts this week, but colors are a game that changes by the minute, so try a few different ones and switch the rest out as you go if your target fish is tending to a particular color. Dolphin have been in the same areas as blackfin, and wahoo have been non-existent. On the first cold front that rolls through, we’ll have our local favorite Junkanoo Lures ready. Regardless of our lack of cold

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Photo Courtesy of Jupiter Snooker

Snook and jacks are being caught in the early mornings or low-lit times of the day at the Juno Pier, Jupiter South Jetty, and inshore. Live mullet can be found during low light periods of the day away from boat traffic, and is usually the best bait for snook, as well as top water plugs.

Bottom fishing boats have been catching kingfish and mutton snapper near 120 – 200’ with sardines, and dolphin has been pretty consistent offshore, as well as blackfin tuna in 200-300’ with small-skirted bonita strips. 

This weekend, the 10th Annual Bluewater Babes Fish For a Cure Tournament will be going in full force, so don’t be alarmed if you see boats decked out in pink decorations and festive bikini-clad anglers. These

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Photo Courtesy of Robert Stevens

The National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act was created by Congress in 1968 to preserve certain rivers with outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational values in a free-flowing condition for the enjoyment of present and future generations.

Quite frankly, the environmental rarity and diversity of the Loxahatchee River is understated. While the United States is home to 3.6 million miles of river, fewer than 13,000 miles actually qualify as a “Wild and Scenic River”. In 1985, a 10-mile stretch of the Loxahatchee River became Florida’s first Wild and Scenic River, representing only .04% of Florida’s 25,949 miles of river. Currently, the Loxahatchee River is one of two rivers holding this title in Florida, and the

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According to U.S. News, Florida residents can breathe easy knowing they live in the state with the best natural environment in the nation, placing number one overall for drinking water quality, urban air quality, and low pollution health risk.

The World Health Organization states that air pollution is a major environmental health risk, and by living in areas with high air quality, people can reduce the burden of disease from stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, chronic and acute respiratory diseases, and even dementia.

While the sunshine state may be best known for gorgeous beaches, oranges, and Hawaiian-shirted retirees, Florida also leads the country with lowest air and water pollutants. With the sea breeze sweeping over mostly flat terrain in

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Blowing Rocks Preserve in Hobe Sound is a beautiful display of natural Anastasia Limestone rock along the coast of our clear Atlantic waters. This gem of a location is a favorite place for photographers and nature lovers as it is an incredible site to watch the waves spray high over the rocks and observe many forms of marine life flourish near shore in this natural reef habitat.

Every Sunday, staff of the Hawley Education Center at the preserve host free guided tours that are very interesting and enjoyable. Blowing Rocks is a reflection of what South Florida barrier islands looked like a century ago and on the tour you'll learn all about its unique features and what The Nature Conservancy is doing regionally to protect our natural habitats.

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Photo Courtesy: Jennifer Martin Yoga

With beautiful weather all year round, there are many more options to stay fit in sunny Jupiter Florida than an indoor gym.

“It’s a blessing to be able to exercise outside any time of the year,” says Jennifer Martin, an internationally recognized spiritual life coach and expert yoga teacher. “Here in Florida, I have the unique opportunity to teach outdoor classes, because we enjoy the benefits of great weather. That’s not necessarily the case elsewhere, so I highly recommend heading outside and enjoying the warm sun for a powerful workout.”

There is so much potential to get out and explore, but here are 6 outdoor workout spots near Jupiter to keep you feeling fantastic!

Jupiter Dog Beach

Who says you

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Blackfin Tuna Photo Courtesy Rip Raft Fishing

Dolphin and blackfin tuna have been the most common catches this week, with the usual trolling with ballyhoo, bonita strips, and squid between 500’ and 1000’ around large weedlines for your best chance at putting some mahi filets on the table. Trolling with small feathers around 300’ during cooler times of the day like morning and late afternoon is your best chance at tuna. As usual, kingfish are scattered around the 120’ ledge. Juno Bait has had reports of a few yellowtail snapper showing up as well.

 

The mullet run has definitely been churning up waters from Hobe Sound to Palm Beach Inlet, with large tarpon, snook, and jacks putting on a show for anglers and beachgoers alike. Now that it’s

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Fishing this week is slow and the seas may be a bit rougher than usual from the hurricane up in the Carolinas, but if you’re heading out you may be able to snag a few small mahi trolling with bonita strips, ballyhoo, or squid. At the 120’ ledge, kingfish have been consistent, and mutton snapper have been gobbling up sardines if bottom fishing is your method of choice.

Quite a few schools of mullet have been starting to show up, which is great news for snook fishing at night inshore, but we still have a few weeks to go until the mullet run heats up. Juno Bait shop recommends Yo-Zuri Mag Darters, DOA Bait Busters, and Rapala X-Raps, with live finger mullet being the number one choice for snook!

If diving is more your style, lobster has been

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