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Mini Season for lobsters in Key West

Posted by Mani Miami on 26th Jul 2014

There are essentially two Florida Lobster Seasons, the 2 day mini season and the 8 month regular lobster season. The mini lobster season is always the last consecutive Wednesday and Thursday in July.

Spiny Lobster: Panulirus argus

Important Florida Regulations:

Spiny Lobster Sport Season

Season datesBag limitPossession limit - on the waterPossession limit - off the waterMinimum size limit
July 30-31, 2014 (Last consecutive Wednesday and Thursday of July each year)6 per person each day for Monroe County and Biscayne National Park

12 per person per day for the rest of Florida

Equal to the daily bag limitEqual to the daily bag limit on the first day, and double the daily bag limit on the second dayCarapace larger than 3", measured in the water

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

Many people flock from Miami to Key West and from all parts of the world go snorkeling and lobster hunting. There are many Miami tour package that include snorkeling.

Measuring lobster:

The minimum size as outlined by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is established to monitor and control the Florida lobster population. A lobster with a carapace or body measuring at least 3 inches would be 2-3 years old and old enough to have reproduced at least one season.