Gov. Scott Announces Opening of Spiny Lobster Mini-Season

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the 2018 spiny lobster mini-season and encouraged families and visitors to enjoy Florida’s beautiful outdoors. The two-day recreational mini-season will take place July 25 and 26. In 2016, more than 69,000 people participated in the two-day recreational mini-season.

Governor Scott said, “It’s no secret that Florida is the fishing capital of the world and we’re proud that each year families from around the globe come to Florida to enjoy our beautiful outdoors and take part in the unique Florida tradition of lobster mini-season. This is a great time for families and visitors to get outside with friends and enjoy the incredible natural resources the Sunshine State has to offer.”

FWC Chairman Bo Rivard said, “Florida residents and visitors look forward to the start of spiny lobster season all year. This Florida tradition is one of the many reasons Florida is the fishing capital of the world.”

Learn more about bag limits, size limits, where to harvest, and other regulations at by clicking on “Saltwater Fishing,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Lobster.” Get your license and spiny lobster permit at Lobster mini-season is followed by the regular commercial and recreational lobster season, which starts August 6, 2018 and runs through March 31, 2019.

Remember to always use care around corals and other marine life, and care with yourself and other divers.Always use a divers-down warning device More information on divers-down warning devices is available online at by clicking on “Boating Regulations.”

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