Florida Spiny Lobster

Spiny Lobster Sport Season

Early Season dates: Last consecutive Wednesday and Thursday of July each year

Bag limits: 6 per person per day for Monroe County and Biscayne National Park, and 12 per person per day for the rest of Florida.

Possession limit – on the water: equal to the daily bag limit

Possession limit – off the water: equal to 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.

Minimum size limit: must be larger than 3″ carapace, measured in the water.  A reminder that possession and use of a measuring device is required at all times, and night diving is prohibited in Monroe County (only during the sport season).

License requirements: A recreational saltwater license and a crawfish permit are needed for harvest.

Regular Spiny Lobster Season

Season dates: Aug. 6 – March 31 (2011)

Bag limit: 6 per person per day

Possession limit – on the water: equal to the daily bag limit

Minimum size limit: must be larger than 3″ carapace, measured in the water.  A reminder that possession and use of a measuring device is required at all times.

Prohibitions: Harvest of lobster is prohibited in John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park during the sport season.  Harvest is also prohibited during both the 2-day sport season and regular season in Everglades National Park, Dry Tortugas National Park, and no-take areas in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Do not take egg bearing females.

Call 305-852-7717 or visit http://floridakeys.noaa.gov for information about no take areas in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Please call the FWC Marathon office at 305-289-2320, or check online for lobster harvesting regulations icon_pdf.gif for Monroe County. Recreational trapping of lobster is prohibited.

http://myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/regulations/lobster/

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