Created By: UF IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station
Jena Boat Ramp
7142 SW Hwy 358
This stop is across the river at the Jena boat ramp. During scallop season in the summer, this area is busy and parking is limited. Kiosks highlight the important crab commercial fisheries here. Stone crabs are one of Florida's most unique commodities. Only the claws are harvested, and stone crab claws are only available at certain times of the year. Blue crabs, in contrast, are found throughout the eastern US and Gulf of Mexico. They are highly abundant in Florida and open for harvest year-round. Read the panels for more in-depth information about each crab and trap type. Then, keep your eyes peeled around the area for stacks of crab traps at local processing plants. Fishers stack the traps in the sun to combat fouling organisms such as barnacles and sea squirts that grow on the outside of the traps.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Big Bend Shellfish Trail – Steinhatchee & Jena (Driving)