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2022 Lobster Season

Florida's 2022 recreational and commercial lobster season begins August 6th and runs through March 31, 2023. If you plan to take part, you'll need to get your license and spiney lobster permit. Get your license ONLINE at GOOUTDOORSFLORIDA.COM.

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Catching your own lobster dinner is a thrill. Even if you don't get any, a day on the water is a good day. Always remember to follow all safety protocols. The video below offers some great tips. 

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Best Practices for Safety & Success

1. Measure each lobster correctly, and measure while still in the water. Carapace (hard part of shell) must measure greater than three inches!

2. Use the dive flag. Put it UP when diving, and take it DOWN when underway. Divers must stay within 300 feet of their dive flag (or 100 feet if in a channel).

If a lobster is too small, it must not be harvested. Carapace (hard part of shell) MUST measure GREATER THAN three inches to be legal size. 

If a lobster is too small, it must not be harvested. Carapace (hard part of shell) MUST measure GREATER THAN three inches to be legal size.

3. Six means six! Limit is six lobsters per person, per day, ALL day in Monroe County. No double-dipping trips.

4. It is a felony to damage, molest or take lobster from traps in state or federal waters. Recreational trapping is prohibited.

5. Check and replenish ALL necessary boat safety gear.

6. Idle speed when within 100 yards of a boat displaying a dive flag.

7. It is prohibited to touch coral, bump corals with dive fins, stand on coral and/or anchor your boat on coral.

(Photo courtesy of the Ocala Post)

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