Get Need-to-Know Rules and Tips for Keys Lobster Season at New Website

"Can I dive for lobster at night? What is legal size? How do I correctly measure a lobster? What is the daily limit in the Florida Keys? Can I spear lobster? What areas of Keys waters are restricted so I CAN’T hunt lobsters there?" 

Visit KeysLobsterSeason.com, a new web resource with interactive videos, to get the answers to those questions — plus need-to-know dive and boating safety tips, up-to-date rules, regulations for lobster hunting in Florida Keys waters such as daily limits, correct harvesting techniques, and how to avoid restricted no-take zones protected within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

Florida lobster sport season, locally dubbed “mini season" for its short time duration, begins at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, July 28, 2021, and ends at midnight Thursday, July 29, 2021. The regular season begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 6, and ends at midnight March 31, 2022. 

Traditionally, thousands of Keys visitors and residents participate in the spiny lobster season.

Officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission emphasize that repeat and first-time lobster season enthusiasts, residents and boaters must catch lobsters responsibly while protecting the Florida Keys’ marine ecosystem, and practice vessel and dive safety. 

Local, state and federal agencies strictly enforce lobster harvest and boating safety regulations. Daily limits in the Florida Keys and Biscayne National Park differ from those in other parts of Florida.

Before beginning to catch lobster, learn or review the rules, regulations and safety and environmental practices. Visit KeysLobsterSeason.com to find the information you need to have a positive, productive experience. 

Daily limits in the Florida Keys and Biscayne National Park differ from those in other parts of Florida.

Daily limits in the Florida Keys and Biscayne National Park differ from those in other parts of Florida.

This article was updated on July 28, 2021 at 10:25 AM
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