The 2018 Florida Spiny Lobster Season opens opens with the two-day recreational sport season July 25 and 26, followed by the regular commercial and recreational lobster season, which starts Aug. 6 and runs through March 31.

Spiny Lobster Sport Season

  • Season dates – July 25-26, 2018 (Last consecutive Wednesday and Thursday of July each year).
  • Bag limit – 6 per person per day for Monroe County and Biscayne National Park; 12 per person per day for the rest of Florida.
  • Possession limit: On the water – Equal to the daily bag limit.
  • Possession limit: Off the water – Equal to the daily bag limit on the first day, and double the daily bag limit on the second day.
  • Minimum size limit – Carapace larger than 3″, measured in the water, possession and use of a measuring device is required at all times.

*Possession limits are enforced on and off the water
**Night diving is prohibited in Monroe County (only during the sport season)
***Harvest of lobster is prohibited in John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park during the sport season and in Everglades National Park, Dry Tortugas National Park, no-take areas in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and in the Biscayne Bay/Card Sound Lobster Sanctuary during both the 2-day sport season and regular season.

Regular Spiny Lobster Season

  • Season Dates – Aug. 6 thru March 31.
  • Bag limit – 6 per person per day.
  • Possession limit – on the water equal to the daily bag limit.
  • Minimum size limit – Carapace larger than 3″, measured in the water, possession and use of a measuring device is required at all times.

***Harvest of lobster is prohibited in John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park during the sport season and in Everglades National Park, Dry Tortugas National Park, no-take areas in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and in the Biscayne Bay/Card Sound Lobster Sanctuary during both the 2-day sport season and regular season.

Find out how to measure spiny lobster and other Florida Fish Species

If you are planning on catching some of these tasty crustaceans, visit the link below to MyFWC and get all the details on what you need to know!

Media contact:
Amanda Nalley, 850-410-4943

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Other Prohibitions

  • Unless exempt, a recreational saltwater fishing license and a lobster permit are required to harvest spiny lobster
  • Lobster must be landed in whole condition. Separating the tail from the body is prohibited in state waters.
  • The harvest or possession of eggbearing spiny lobster, or any other eggbearing species of lobster belonging to the families Palinuridae (spiny lobsters), Scyllaridae (slipper lobsters) or Synaxidae (furry lobsters) is prohibited
  • No person shall harvest or attempt to harvest spiny lobster using any device which will or could puncture, penetrate or crush the exoskeleton (shell) or the flesh of the lobster
  • Recreational trapping prohibited
  • Regardless of what species you are fishing for, bag limits are only for properly licensed individuals and those people exempt from license requirements who are actively harvesting. People harvesting may not exceed their individual bag limit and take someone else’s bag limit. That is, people (including children) who are not actively harvesting or are not properly licensed (if a license is required) may NOT be counted for purposes of bag limits.

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