Florida's 2-day spiny lobster sport season underway

Posted at 7:28 AM, Jul 24, 2019

MIAMI (AP) — Divers are on the water Wednesday for Florida's annual two-day spiny lobster sport season.

The season began at midnight and runs through Thursday. Florida wildlife officials are urging participants to follow regulations or risk jail time.

A saltwater fishing license and a lobster stamp are required to take the crustaceans.

The lobster's carapace must be larger than 3 inches, located from between the horns to where the head meets the tail. If not, the lobster must be released. Egg-bearing female lobsters must also be left alone.

Officials say a dive flag is mandatory for safety.

Participants in Monroe County and Biscayne National Park can only have six lobsters. The limit is 12 for the rest of Florida.

The regular season starts Aug. 6 and ends March 31.