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Spiny Lobster: Panulirus argus

Florida Regulations:

Spiny Lobster Sport Season

Season datesBag limitPossession limit - on the waterPossession limit - off the waterMinimum size limit 
 

July 26-27, 2017 (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

*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, no-take areas in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and in the Biscayne Bay/Card Sound Lobster Sanctuary during both the 2-day sport season and regular season.

 

Regular Spiny Lobster Season

Season datesBag limit Possession limit - on the waterMinimum size limit
Aug. 6 - March 31 6 per person per day Equal to the daily bag limit  

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

***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, no-take areas in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and in the Biscayne Bay/Card Sound Lobster Sanctuary during both the 2-day sport season and regular season.

Florida Keys/Monroe County Information

Call 305-852-7717 or visit http://floridakeys.noaa.gov icon_external.png for information about no take areas in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Please call the FWC Marathon office at 305-289-2320.

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