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While Fishing Watch For Commercial Lobster Trap Lines

We’ve talked about exercising extra caution, both on the water and off, due to the influx of tourists partaking in lobster mini-season last week. This week, add to your boating attentiveness the presence of commercial lobster trap gear.

August 1, the commercial lobstermen splashed their fresh gear for the eight-month recreational and commercial lobster season that starts August 6, and the nearshore waters are blanketed with buoys lined up like roly-poly soldiers. While the traps settle on the bottom, the lines that connect them remain somewhat buoyant until they soak up enough water to weigh them down.

So not only must boaters navigate the buoy obstacle course, but they need to avoid getting the lines tangled in their props.

We also need to watch for divers and snorkelers; look for their diver-down flags. For recreational lobster hunters, the limit is six lobster per person per day. Unlike mini-season, there is no bonus seventh lobster if you catch 10 lionfish and show them whole to a marine officer.

For specifics on the Monroe County regulations, go to



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