Your 2023 Video Guide to Lobster Harvesting in the Florida Keys

Local, state and federal agencies strictly enforce lobster harvesting and boating safety regulations in the Florida Keys during the lobster mini-season the last Wednesday and Thursday in July (July 26-27), and regular season that begins Aug. 6.

Captain David Dipre of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission discusses important points to know before you go. Some lobster harvest rules in the Keys are different than the remainder of Florida. Chief among differences is a daily bag limit, during mini-season, limiting divers to six legal-size lobsters per diver, per day. Statewide, lobster carapaces must measure more than three inches. For more information visit