The recreational and commercial spiny lobster season starts Aug. 6 and runs through March 31. Learn more about bag limits, size limits, where to harvest, and other regulations at MyFWC.com/Marine by clicking on “Recreational Regulations” and “Lobster,” which is under the “Crabs, Lobster and other Shellfish” tab. If you plan to lobster in the Keys, another great resource is the Monroe County Tourist Development Council website KeysLobsterSeason.com. Don’t forget to get your license and spiny lobster permit at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com.
If you’re looking for an app that lists up-to-date Florida saltwater fishing regulations, you can find them on the Fish Rules app. Learn more at FishRulesApp.com or follow Fish Rules on social at Instagram.com/FishRulesApp or Facebook.com/FishRulesApp.
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Be safe when diving for lobster. Wear a life jacket when underway and do not drink and boat. When lobstering in open water, divers should stay within 300 feet of a properly displayed divers-down flag or device and within 100 feet of a properly displayed divers-down flag or device if near an inlet or navigation channel. Boat operators traveling within 300 feet of a divers-down flag or device in open water or within 100 feet of one on an inlet or navigational channel must slow to idle speed. For more information, visit MyFWC.com/Boating, click on “Regulations” and then the “Divers-down Warning Devices” tab.
If bully netting this season, please keep lights directed toward the water and avoid shining them at houses or people along the shoreline. Please also be considerate of others by keeping sound levels low when near shoreline residences.
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