Thursday, July 22, 2010

Florida Lobster Season Approaching

Lobster season in Florida is almost upon us! Do yourself a favor and follow the rules they are strictly enforced. Make sure your boat is ready to go. The Coast Guard and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have a heavy presence and inspections are common. Going "Bugging" is an experience like no other and we highly recommend you take in some of the action. Rules and regulations posted below:

Personnel from the Coast Guard, National Marine Fisheries Service and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will patrol the waters surrounding South Florida to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations.

The state of Florida has a 2-day lobster mini-season. This year the dates are July 29 & 30. The regular season begins August 6 and continues until March 31.

The mini-season bag limit is 6 lobsters per personper day in Monroe County and Biscayne National Park, and 12 per person in the rest of the state. The regular-season daily bag limit is six (6) lobsters per person.

Only daytime diving is permitted in Monroe County; night diving (from one hour after sunset to one hour before sunrise) is prohibited.

Carapace of lobster must be greater than three inches in length before they are taken into possession. Lobsters in catch-bags are considered being in possession.

Anyone lobstering between the ages of 16-65 is required to have a valid state saltwater fishing license and crawfish permit.

Lobsters may not be taken with a spear, gaff or anything else that may injure the lobster by penetrating its shell. Use of a bully net or hoop is permitted.

Lobsters must remain in whole condition while harvesters are on the water.

Obstructing any navigable waterway or marked channel is prohibited.

The following areas are off limits:
Lobstering in the waters of the Biscayne Bay/Card Sound Lobster Sanctuary is prohibited year-round, as well as lobstering in the Legare Anchorage, east of Sands Key. Here is a map of Biscayne Bay in PDF format showing the boundaries. John Pennekamp State Park, Fort Jefferson National Park and Everglades National Park are also prohibited.

To report lobster violations, call Wildlife Alert at (888) 404-FWCC (3922).

Article provided by the Examiner.


  1. Every year, Key West goes lobster crazy on the "open" lobster season in early August.

  2. Yes, this is also the season when my catering clients are asking for lobster dishes for their special occasions or events.