The cooler months are the traditional kick-off for stone crab and Dungeness crab seasons, and Maine lobsters are also a hot holiday item. Not so much this year.
Florida crabbers are reporting slow sales and depressed prices because customers are less willing to pay the $9-12 a pound stone crab claws cost. Similarly, prices for New England lobsters are tanking: Maine lobstermen received only $20 million for their catch in October, compared to $60 million last year; demand is way off.
Bottom line: If you can still afford to eat luxuries such as stone crab claws or New England lobsters, you can get them at a good price. If not, try the tilapia.