Frankly NAUTICAL LOG (who is a big seafood fan) has never seen the point of this lobster mini-season and that viewpoint has not changed in the 40 years of residing in South Florida. Each year it seems we have death and serious injuries on the water and the vast expense of enforcement which has increased astronomically in those 40 years does not seem worth it for two days.
But there it is on it goes each year and sadly one supposes there will be deaths, injuries plus the inevitable arrests for disobeying the Rules again this year. If you must go lobster harvesting a summary of the Rules follows but remember to go to the www.MyFWC.com for the "Official Word" and get that Florida Saltwater License endorsed with a lobster permit.
- In the areas of The Keys and Biscayne National Park the bag limit is 6 lobsters per person per day.
- Everywhere else the bag limit is 12 lobsters per person per day.
- No spearing
- No taking egg bearing females.
- Measure with a gauge the lobster carapace (head) in the water, it must be more than three (3) inches long.
- NO NIGHT diving in The Keys.
- No lobster harvesting in Everglades National Park, Card Sound Lobster Sanctuary, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Key Largo or the no-take zones in Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
- Display the diver down flag.