Florida Keys Lobster Season
So you are looking to dive for lobster? Book your lobster dive trip now because space is limited and fills up quick. Lobster season opens August 6th and closes March 31st, with a special 2-day mini-season the last Wednesday and Thursday of July. During the regular lobster season the bag limit is 6 per person per day.
Types of Lobsters found in the Keys
There are three types of lobsters found in the Keys: Panulirus argus (Caribbean spiny lobster), P. lauvicauda(smooth tail spiny lobster), P. guttatus (spotted spiny lobster).
Panulirus argus (Caribbean spiny lobster) is the most common lobster found in the Florida Keys and can grow up to about 60 cm (23 inches) in length and can weigh up to 12 lbs. But with large amount of harvest done around the Keys, spiny lobsters get little chance to grow large . The spiny lobster can be identified by their brown-gray striped body with yellow spots on the segmented tail. Their only defense is a pair of long antennae and has a second pair used for sensory perception found folded along the body when not in use.
P. lauvicauda (smooth tail spiny lobster). These lobsters rarely grow any larger than the legal size for harvesting. They can be identified by the many white spots on their segmented tail.
P. lauvicauda (smooth tail spiny lobster) This lobster can be identified by the sides of abdominal segments are dark greenish brown with numerous small roundish spots of light yellow
Florida Keys Lobster Locations
Lobsters can be found through the Florida Keys including: Key Largo, Key West, Marathon, Big Pine Key and more. Our captains have years of experience in the Upper Keys so trust them to know where to look.
Lobster Diving Regulation
When diving for lobster, you will need to be required to have a fishing license from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation (www.myfwc.com). The general regulations each individual need to follow when diving for lobster are:
- Each diver must have a gauge made for measuring lobster while harvesting in the water.
- All lobster must be measured in the water and released unharmed if undersized.
- Lobster carapace must be greater than three (3) inches.
- All recreationally harvested lobster must remain in whole condition while at sea.
- Tails can only be separated on land. When the tail is separated from the body, it must be greater than 5-1/2 inches.
The Florida Keys Dive Center professional team will help you follow the regulations so you can enjoy your lobster scuba dive trip. Go to our Reservations page to book your lobster dive trip today or call 1-800-433-8946.