KNOW THE REGULATIONS FOR LOBSTER SEASON
2019 Lobster Mini Season is July 24th and 25th
DIVING AND SNORKELING RESTRICTIONS SUNDAY JULY 21ST THROUGH JULY 25TH
Regular Spiny Lobster Season is August 6th – March 31st
Diving and snorkeling in navigable canals and marinas and within 300 feet of improved shoreline is prohibited from Sunday, July 21 through Thursday, July 25 and from Monday, August 6th through Friday August 10th.
The diving and snorkeling prohibitions are in place beginning three days prior to lobster mini season, during mini season and for the first five days of commercial lobster season. The 2019 lobster mini season falls on July 24 and 25; it begins at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday and end at 12:00 midnight on Thursday. The regular eight-month lobster season is always August 6th through March 31st.
The restrictions were first implemented in 2002 to improve public safety and reduce destruction of property and negative environmental effects during lobster mini season. The dates of the restrictions were expanded in 2012 in accord with the current Monroe County regulations.
It is important to know the lobster season regulations before going out to harvest Lobster.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) provides detailed information on its Spiny Lobster webpage.
The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary provides a brochure summarizing lobstering regulations in Monroe County.
View or download the brochure (pdf)
If you have questions about lobstering in local waters, please contact
the FWC Marathon Office at 305-289-2320
or the Islamorada Sheriff’s Office at 305-664-6480.