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  Dive & Snorkel Trips: LOBSTER SEASON

South Beach Divers welcomes the 2016 Lobster season!

We are fully stocked with everything you'll need to in your hunt for the delicious Florida Lobster (nets, gauges, tickle sticks, gloves, lights, etc).  Don't wait until the last minute to have your gear and tanks serviced or you can expect long wait times.  We do not take tank rental reservations, however we have not run out of tanks in the last three years.

We have many trips organized exclusively for lobster hunting. 

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 LOBSTER BAG LIMITS
   Monroe County  Biscayne National Park  Elsewhere
 2-Day Sport Season
 (Jul. 27-28)
 6 per person per day  6 per person per day  12 per person per day
 Regular Season
 (Aug. 6 – Mar. 31)
 6 per person per day  6 per person per day  6 per person per day

  • For complete information visit: www.myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/recreational/lobster
     
  • A recreational saltwater license and a crawfish permit are needed for harvest. To get one visit www.myfwc.com/license or call 1-888-347-4356.
       
  • Spiny lobster has a minimum size limit that must be larger than 3" carapace, measured in the water.  A reminder that possession and use of a measuring device is required at all times, and night diving is prohibited in Monroe County (only during the sport season).  Visit www.myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/regulations/fish-measurement/#SpinyLobster for information on how to measure your lobster.
     
  • Harvest of lobster is prohibited in John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park during the sport season.
     
  • Harvest is also prohibited during both the 2-day sport season and regular season in Everglades National Park, Dry Tortugas National Park, and no take areas in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
     
  • Call (305) 743-2437 or visit  www.fknms.nos.noaa.gov  for information about 'no take' areas in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
     
  • Regardless of what species you are fishing for, bag limits are only for properly licensed individuals and those people exempt from license requirements who are actively harvesting, and those people harvesting may not exceed their individual bag limit and take someone else’s bag limit. That is, people (including children) who are not actively harvesting or are not properly licensed (if a license is required) may NOT be counted for purposes of bag limits.
     

 Lobster-Sniffing Dogs On The Prowl

Dogs Expected To Sniff Out Lobster Violators

MIAMI -- With the start of the lobster mini-season on the loom, the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has unveiled a new defense in catching lobster divers, who violate the rules of the lobster mini-season.  "These dogs are trained like narcotics dogs, they are trained to alert on the odor even if it is in a vehicle in a cooler," said John Snow of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.  The target for these lobster sniffing dogs during the lobster mini-season are divers that catch too many lobsters, disregarding the legal limits.  These hunting dogs, as affable as they appear, are trained officers of the law, ready to sniff out illegal lobsters.

Tom Condie, the boat owner, has been out scouting lobster holes and getting ready for lobster mini-season.  Condie volunteers his boat for a search to see how the "lobster sniffers" go about their business.  Without struggle, the dogs smelled out the lobster in the boat.  "It is very unusual.  I have never seen anything like this before, but I think it is a good idea.  Why?  There is so many people poaching lobsters illegally," said Condie.  Every year officials confiscate lobsters that are too little, females with eggs, and boats with too many lobsters.  All these violations will land the diver a ticket, the boat impounded, and possibly arrested.  Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers say using hunting dogs works well, they are not police dogs.  They do not intimidate, 400 hours of training, they can sniff deer meat, turkey, alligator and now lobsters. Officers Snow and Tim Miller will be working marinas wherever lobster hunters dock.  It is no coincidence the lobster-sniffing dogs are in South Florida -- lobster-mini season starts Wednesday at the stroke of midnight and each dog team plans to check 200 boats or more each day.



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