LOBSTER SEASON OPENS, RUNS THROUGH MARCH
If you missed last month's two-day recreational lobsters season, don't worry. The regular season for spiny lobster in Florida state waters in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean opened this week and runs through March 31.
Many veteran bug hunters wait for August, when the crowds are gone, to dive for spiny lobster. If you are a newcomer to the sport, make sure you measure the lobster in the water. The body shell must be longer than 3 inches. If the lobster is "short," leave it in the water.
The recreational bag limit during the regular season is six spiny lobsters per person. Lobster divers should also remember their safety equipment. If you're hunting lobsters, even from land, you need a dive flag. Boat operators within 300 feet of a divers-down flag or buoy should slow to idle speed.
Divers-down flags displayed on vessels must be at least 20x24 inches and a stiffener is required to keep the flag unfurled. The flag must be displayed from the highest point of the vessel and be visible from all directions when divers are in the water.
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