Florida: Spiny Lobster Recreational Season July 26-27
| July 17, 2017
Action: July 26-27 recreational season

Information: Spiny lobster will be open to recreational harvest in state waters July 26 and 27 for the sport season and will open for regular recreational and commercial harvest Aug. 6.

During the 2-day sport season, the recreational daily bag and on-the-water possession limit is six per person in Monroe County and Biscayne National Park, and is 12 per person in all other areas in Florida. Off the water, the possession limit is equal to the daily bag limit on the first day and is double the daily bag limit on the second day.

Want to take an extra spiny lobster per day during the sport season? Participate in the Lionfish Challenge. Remove 25 or more lionfish from Florida waters before the sport season to qualify. See below for more information.

Spiny lobster must have a carapace larger than 3 inches and when caught by diving, must be measured in the water. The carapace is measured beginning at the forward edge between the rostral horns, excluding any soft tissue, and proceeding along the middle to the rear edge of the carapace.

Night diving for spiny lobster is prohibited during the sport season in state waters off Monroe County.

Harvest is prohibited in John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park during the sport season and in the Everglades National Park, Dry Tortugas National Park, Biscayne Bay, the lobster sanctuary in Card Sound and the no-take areas of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary during both the 2-day sport season and the regular season.

Links for more information:

Spiny Lobster [MyFWC.com]

How to measure a spiny lobster [MyFWC.com]

 

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