Created By: UF IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station
Across from Salt Creek Restaurant
23440 SE Hwy 349
Welcome to Salt Creek, a nickname for this area of the Town of Suwannee. Looking over the kiosks is a portion of the Suwannee River that is tidally influenced and just a couple of miles from where it flows into the Gulf of Mexico.
The Blue Crab represents an important fishery in Suwannee, especially since World War II. Production peaked in the 1960s following the introduction of the crab trap. Blue Crabs are highly abundant in Florida and open for harvest year-round. Male crabs called “jimmies” are targeted because of their size and meat content. Suwannee is historically an important packing and processing center for blue crabs and other shellfish. Skilled professionals diligently handle, pick, and pack all shellfish products to ensure quality and safety for consumers. Local shedding operations produce soft-shell crabs (crabs that have recently molted their outer shell). Read the panel to learn more about different types of processing, packing, and grading.
Does all this talk of blue crabs have you hankering for some delicious bounty? Across the street, you’ll find a popular seafood restaurant, specializing in Peel n’ Eats, soft-shelled crabs, and other fresh shellfish.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Big Bend Shellfish Trail - Suwannee (Driving)