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Spiny lobster mini-season, season set to start

By Staff | Jul 17, 2019

FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION An Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer measures a lobster to make sure that it is the appropriate size.

The 2019 spiny lobster season opens with the two-day recreational mini-season on July 24-25, followed by the regular commercial and recreational season, which runs Aug. 6 through March 31.

“Spiny lobster season is an exciting time of year to be on the water,” Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Chairman Robert Spottswood said. “But it’s also a time to remember safety on the water and to remember the importance of taking care around Florida’s coral reefs.”

Planning on catching some of these tasty crustaceans? Learn more about bag limits, size limits, where to harvest and other regulations at MyFWC.com/Fishing by clicking on “Saltwater Fishing,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Lobster,” which is under the “Crabs, shrimp and shellfish” tab.

To get a license and spiny lobster permit, visit GoOutdoorsFlorida.com.

If bully netting this season, please keep lights directed toward the water and avoid shining them at houses or people along the shoreline and keep sound levels low when near shoreline residences.

Don’t forget to use care around corals and other marine life. FWC launched the Florida Coral Crew to engage sportsmen and women in the effort to combat Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease. Before you go out looking for lobster, you can sign up to join the crew at FLCoralCrew.com.

Take care with yourself and other divers, as well. Always use a divers-down warning device. More information about divers-down warning devices is available at MyFWC.com/Boating by clicking on “Boating Regulations.”