Lobster, Spiny

Shape

Synonyms

Crawfish

Edibility

Excellent

Regulations

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  • Bag Limit 6

  • Measurements Min Size: 3 in Carapace Length

  • Closed Seasons from April 1st, 2018 to July 24th, 2018
    from July 27th, 2018 to August 5th, 2018
    from April 1st, 2019 to July 23rd, 2019

  • Additional Notes
    Divers must measure carapace while in water. Undersized lobster must be released unharmed immediately without removal from water.
    Removal of tail at sea is prohibited without permit. No taking of berried (eggbearing) spiny lobster or slipper lobster.
    No spears, hooks, or piercing devices. Explosives prohibited.
    Bag Limit = 6 per person. During mini-season (July 27-28) bag limit increases to 12 per person off Florida, except 6 per person for Monroe County, Florida Keys. See Florida Spiny Lobster Regs. -----------------------
    Commercial Regulations
    Size: Carapace more than 3 inches or tail more than 5 1⁄2 inches. Divers must measure in water. Trip Limit: None NOTE: Retention of up to 50 Caribbean spiny lobsters under the minimum size limit, AND one per trip. Quotas/Season: Season closed 4/1— 8/5 Spiny lobster federal vessel permit or Florida commercial harvester license and certificates required for harvest or possession in excess of the bag limits in the EEZ off Florida, or to land or sell in Florida. Federal vessel permit required for harvest or possession in excess of bag limits in the EEZ other than off Florida, or sale other than Florida. Spiny lobster tail separation permit required for possession of a separated spiny lobster tail in or from the EEZ aboard a vessel. Fishermen with a tailing permit must land spiny lobster all whole or all tailed. Applicants applying for tailing permit must possess either a federal spiny lobster permit or the Florida permits required for commercial lobster fishermen. Also requires a spiny lobster federal vessel permit for Florida state license and certificates.

  • Bag Limit 2

  • Measurements Min Size: 3 in Carapace Length

  • Additional Notes
    The Spiny Lobster Annual Catch Limit (ACL) will increase and the recreational harvest of spiny lobster using traps will be prohibited effective July 23, 2018.
    Divers must measure carapace while in water.
    Undersized lobster must be released unharmed immediately without removal from water.
    Removal of tail at sea is prohibited without permit.
    No taking of berried (eggbearing) spiny lobster or slipper lobster.
    No spears, hooks, or piercing devices. Explosives prohibited.
    Offshore of Florida, bag limit increased to 6 per person off Florida. Also, season closed in Florida from April 1 to August 5. Special non-trap season off Florida is last Wednesday and successive Thursday in July (July 25-26, 2018).

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    Commercial regulations for South Atlantic Federal Waters:
    FL Atlantic coast CLOSES April 1, 2018 for annual seasonal closure. Reopens August 6, 2018.
    NC, SC, and GA: OPEN
    Size Limit: Carapace must be more than 3", tail must be at least 5.5" with tailing permit. Divers must measure carapace while in water. Undersized lobster must be released unharmed immediately without removal from water.
    Trip Limit: A trap certificate program has been adopted in federal waters off Florida. Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for information at 850-487-0554.
    In federal waters off NC, SC, and GA, harvesting is allowed year round with a daily bag or possession limit of 2 per person per trip.
    Season: FL Atlantic coast: Closed annually April 1 - August 5
    Permit and vessel ID required.
    Season closed April 1 through August 5 off east Florida.
    Night divers restricted to 6 lobster bag limit off east Florida.
    Allowable gear includes trap, pot, dip net, or square. There is a 5% bycatch limit by weight for incidental harvest by trawls in the EEZ.
    No spear, hooks or piercing divices. Explosive and poisons are prohibited.
    A degradable panel is required on non-wooden traps. Bouy and trap identification is required. Trap tending at night is prohibited.
    Fishermen with tailing permits must land spiny lobster all whole or all tailed.
    Fishermen may retain up to 50 Caribbean spiny lobsters less than the minimum size limit and one per trap.
    NEW! Guide to Spiny Lobster Closed Areas for Commercial Trap Fishing
    Area Closures for the Commercial Spiny Lobster Fishery in the Florida Keys, effective August 27, 2012. Sixty areas designated to help protect corals. See Fishery Bulletin Learn more

    For more information, see: SAFMC Spiny Lobster Commercial Regulations

  • Bag Limit 6

  • Measurements Min Size: 3 in Carapace Length

  • Closed Seasons from April 1st, 2019 to July 23rd, 2019
    from July 26th, 2019 to August 5th, 2019

  • Additional Notes
    The Spiny Lobster Annual Catch Limit (ACL) will increase and the recreational harvest of spiny lobster using traps will be prohibited effective July 23, 2018.
    Season closed in Florida from April 1 to August 5. Special non-trap season off Florida is last Wednesday and successive Thursday in July (July 24-25, 2019).
    Divers must measure carapace while in water.
    Undersized lobster must be released unharmed immediately without removal from water.
    Removal of tail at sea is prohibited without permit.
    No taking of berried (eggbearing) lobster of any species.
    No spears, hooks, or piercing devices. Explosives prohibited.
    Bag limit = 2 per person off NC, SC, and GA.

    Commercial regulations for South Atlantic Federal Waters are available here: Spiny Lobster Commercial Regulations

  • Bag Limit 6

  • Measurements Min Size: 3 in Carapace Length

  • Closed Seasons from July 27th, 2018 to August 5th, 2018
    from April 1st, 2019 to July 23rd, 2019

  • License Required
    Unless exempt, a recreational saltwater fishing license and a lobster permit are required to harvest spiny lobster.

  • Additional Notes
    Minimum size is carapace larger than 3 inches, measured in the water. Possession and use of a measuring device is required at all times.

    Harvest of egg-bearing lobster of any species is prohibited.

    No person shall harvest or attempt to harvest spiny lobster using any device which will or could puncture, penetrate or crush the shell or the flesh of the lobster.

    Lobster must be landed in whole condition. Separating the tail from the body is prohibited in state waters.

    Special rules apply within Monroe County.
    Harvest of lobster is prohibited in John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park during the sport season, see John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.
    Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary no-take areas marked with 30 inch diameter round, yellow buoys.For more info, see Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

    Also, see MyFWC web page for additional information.

    Recreational trapping prohibited.

  • Bag Limit 6

  • Measurements Min Size: 3 in Carapace Length

  • Closed Seasons from April 1st, 2019 to July 23rd, 2019
    from July 26th, 2019 to August 5th, 2019

  • License Required
    Unless exempt, a recreational saltwater fishing license and a lobster permit are required to harvest spiny lobster.

  • Additional Notes
    Minimum size is carapace larger than 3 inches, measured in the water. Possession and use of a measuring device is required at all times.

    Harvest of egg-bearing lobster of any species is prohibited.

    No person shall harvest or attempt to harvest spiny lobster using any device which will or could puncture, penetrate or crush the shell or the flesh of the lobster.

    Lobster must be landed in whole condition. Separating the tail from the body is prohibited in state waters.

    Special rules apply within Monroe County.
    Harvest of lobster is prohibited in John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park during the sport season, see John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.
    Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary no-take areas marked with 30 inch diameter round, yellow buoys.For more info, see Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

    Also, see MyFWC web page for additional information.

    Recreational trapping prohibited.

  • Bag Limit 2

  • Measurements Min Size: 3 in Carapace Length

  • Additional Notes
    Removal of tail at sea prohibited. No harvest of berried females. No explosives, poisons, spears, or piercing devices allowed.

  • Vessel Limit 10

  • Measurements Min Size: 5.5 in Tail Length

  • Gear No Scuba

  • Closed Seasons from April 1st, 2019 to July 31st, 2019

  • Additional Notes
    Possession of egg-bearing females and/or removing eggs is prohibited. A permit is required to trap crawfish. Sportfishing Vessel limit is 10 crawfish per vessel.

  • Bag Limit 6

  • Measurements Min Size: 3 in Carapace Length

  • Closed Seasons from April 1st, 2019 to July 23rd, 2019
    from July 26th, 2019 to August 5th, 2019

  • License Required
    Unless exempt, a recreational saltwater fishing license and a lobster permit are required to harvest spiny lobster.

  • Additional Notes
    Minimum size is carapace larger than 3 inches, measured in the water. Possession and use of a measuring device is required at all times.
    Night diving is prohibited in Monroe County during the sport season (July 25-26, 2018).
    Harvest of egg-bearing lobster of any species is prohibited.
    No person shall harvest or attempt to harvest spiny lobster using any device which will or could puncture, penetrate or crush the shell or the flesh of the lobster.
    Lobster must be landed in whole condition. Separating the tail from the body is prohibited in state waters.
    Special rules apply within Monroe County.
    Harvest of lobster is prohibited in John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park during the sport season, see John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.
    Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary no-take areas marked with 30 inch diameter round, yellow buoys.For more info, see Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
    Also, see MyFWC web page for additional information.
    Recreational trapping prohibited.

  • Bag Limit 6

  • Measurements Min Size: 3 in Carapace Length

  • Closed Seasons from April 1st, 2019 to July 23rd, 2019
    from July 26th, 2019 to August 5th, 2019

  • License Required
    Unless exempt, a recreational saltwater fishing license and a lobster permit are required to harvest spiny lobster.

  • Additional Notes
    Minimum size is carapace larger than 3 inches, measured in the water. Possession and use of a measuring device is required at all times.

    Night diving is prohibited in Monroe County during the sport season (July 24-25, 2019).

    Harvest of egg-bearing lobster of any species is prohibited.

    No person shall harvest or attempt to harvest spiny lobster using any device which will or could puncture, penetrate or crush the shell or the flesh of the lobster.

    Lobster must be landed in whole condition. Separating the tail from the body is prohibited in state waters.

    Special rules apply within Monroe County.
    Harvest of lobster is prohibited in John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park during the sport season, see John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.
    Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary no-take areas marked with 30 inch diameter round, yellow buoys.For more info, see Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

    Also, see MyFWC web page for additional information.

    Recreational trapping prohibited.

  • Additional Notes
    Hunting, trapping, netting, capture, or removal of any fish, turtle, crawfish, conch, whelk, or any marine and/or fisheries resource is prohibited. You are within a National Park managed by the Bahamas National Trust. Please contact 242-393-11317 for more information.

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