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    Florida Regulations:

    Spiny Lobster Sport Season




















    *Possession limits are enforced on and off the water

    **Night diving is prohibited in Monroe County (only during the sport season)

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

    Regular Spiny Lobster Season






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

    Other Prohibitions
  • Unless exempt, a recreational saltwater fishing license and a lobster permit are required to harvest spiny lobster
  • Lobster must be landed in whole condition. Separating the tail from the body is prohibited in state waters.
  • The harvest or possession of eggbearing spiny lobster, or any other eggbearing species of lobster belonging to the
    families Palinuridae (spiny lobsters), Scyllaridae (slipper lobsters) or Synaxidae (furry lobsters) is prohibited
  • No person shall harvest or attempt to harvest spiny lobster using any device which will or could puncture, penetrate or
    crush the exoskeleton (shell) or the flesh of the lobster
  • Recreational trapping prohibited
  • Regardless of what species you are fishing for, bag limits are only for properly licensed individuals and those people
    exempt from license requirements who are actively harvesting. People harvesting may not exceed their individual bag limit
    and take someone else's bag limit. That is, people (including children) who are not actively harvesting or are not properly
    licensed (if a license is required) may NOT be counted for purposes of bag limits.


    Source:
    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission • Farris Bryant Building
    620 S. Meridian St. • Tallahassee, FL
    32399-1600 • (850) 488-4676

Season dates
Bag limit
Possession limit - on
the water
Possession limit -
off the water
Minimum size limit
July 25-26, 2012 (Last
consecutive
Wednesday and
Thursday of July each
year)
6 per person per day for
Monroe County and Biscayne
National Park

12 per person per day for the
rest of Florida
Equal to the daily bag
limit
Equal to the daily
bag limit on the
first day, and
double the daily
bag limit on the
second day
Carapace larger than
3", measured in the
water

Possession and use
of a measuring device
is required at all times

Find out how to
measure spiny
lobster
Season dates
Bag limit
Possession limit - on the water
Minimum size limit
Aug. 6 - March 31
6 per person per day
Equal to the daily bag limit
 
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