Get ready for lobster seasons
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Media contact: Aaron Podey, 850-487-0554
Recreational and commercial harvest seasons for
spiny lobster in Florida reopen soon. The special two-day
spiny lobster sport season comes first, July 28-29 this year,
followed by the regular commercial and recreational lobster season,
Aug. 6 - March 31.
The special two-day sport season occurs on the last
consecutive Wednesday and Thursday in July each year to let
recreational fishermen collect spiny lobsters before commercial
lobster traps are placed in the water. Commercial fishermen
may begin putting traps in the water Aug. 1, and recreational and
commercial fishermen may harvest spiny lobsters starting Aug.
Spiny lobsters must have a carapace length greater
than 3 inches to be legal take during open seasons, and divers must
possess a measuring device and measure all lobsters in the
During the two-day spiny lobster sport season,
recreational divers and snorkelers can take up to six lobsters per
person daily in Monroe County and Biscayne National Park waters and
12 lobsters per person daily in other Florida waters. They
may possess no more than the daily bag limit of lobsters while on
When off the water, they may possess the daily bag
limit on the first day and double the daily bag limit on the second
day. Possession limits are enforced on and off the water
during the two-day sport season.
Night diving for spiny lobsters during the two-day
sport season is illegal in Monroe County, and all harvest of
lobsters is prohibited in John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
during the two-day season.
Lobster harvest also is prohibited at all times in
Everglades National Park, Dry Tortugas National Park, Biscayne
Bay/Card Sound Spiny Lobster Sanctuary, certain areas in Pennekamp
Park, and no-take areas in the Florida Keys National Marine
During the Aug. 6 - March 31 regular season, the
daily recreational bag and on-the-water possession limit is six
spiny lobsters per person.
Lobster harvesters must have a saltwater fishing
license and a spiny lobster permit to recreationally harvest spiny
lobsters unless they are exempt from recreational license
requirements. Information about these licenses and permits is
available online at MyFWC.com/License.
Divers and snorkelers must display a "divers-down"
flag (red with a white diagonal stripe) while in the water.
Divers-down flags displayed on vessels must be at least 20 inches
by 24 inches, and a stiffener is required to keep the flag
unfurled. Dive flags carried on floats must be at least 12
inches by 12 inches. More information on divers-down flag
requirements is available online at MyFWC.com/Rules.
Additional information on recreational spiny
lobster fishing, including how to measure spiny lobster, is
available online at MyFWC.com/Rules. A Monroe County lobster
fishing brochure is available for download at that Web page, as is
more information about commercial lobster fishing.