Lobster mini-season kicks off in South Florida

CRANDON PARK, Fla. (WSVN) — Boaters are hitting the water in South Florida for lobster mini-season.

The two-day event started on Wednesday at midnight, and anglers are already busy taking full advantage.

“There were a lot of boats out there last night,” said angler Maurice Young. “There were a lot of people out there lobstering. We were out there from about 9:30 [Wednesday morning] and we’re just coming in now.”

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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials greeted anglers as they made their way back to shore after catching coolers full of spiny lobsters.

According to strict Florida regulations, captured spiny lobsters must always be more than three inches in length when measured in the water. Preferably, officials recommend capturing lobsters that are at least six inches in length.

Only six lobsters can be caught a day, per person for all of Monroe County and Biscayne National Park. Other regulations apply for the rest of Florida.

Spiny lobster mini-season, also known as “Spiny lobster sport season,” takes place each year on the last consecutive Wednesday and Thursday in July, according to the FWC.

To learn about lobster mini-season and its regulations, please visit http://myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/recreational/lobster/.

Lobster mini-season ends at midnight, Friday.

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