Lobster Mini-season takes place on the last Wednesday and Thursday in July annually. During this two day event, properly licensed snorkeler and/or diver are allowed to take up to six legal sized lobsters per day in Monroe County waters.
Lobster Mini-season allows for about 25,000 visitors and locals lobster lovers alike to spend time on the water trying to catching a few crustaceans before regular lobster season begins on August 6th. While on the water, please make sure to follow the rules and be safety conscious. Florida Fish and Wildlife (FWC) officers will be patrolling on and off the water during mini season as will undercover agents and police dogs trained to sniff out lobsters; twice as many officers as usual will be on duty for this event.
Check out the FWC brochure on Lobster regulations: FWC_spinylobster_brochure. Please be sure to have a dive flag and dive or snorkel with a friend. And if any of you dive in the canal in front of my house for lobsters (which is not only rude but illegal by the way), I will be putting in a call to the local law enforcement agencies to have you arrested!
Check out some of our lobster recipes, as we have some great ideas for preparing Florida Spiny Lobster. You can also take your lobsters to one of the restaurant that will cook your catch and they will be happy to prepare them for you; check out my restaurant reviews.
Coming up, Lobsterfest is an awesome event for lobster fans! Local restaurants set up booths up and down Duval Street and serve up lobster in a variety of ways. Even my Maltese
Indiana Bones loves going downtown for Lobsterfest!
To see what else is happening on the island during your visit, check out our Key West Events Calendar to see other upcoming special events. For more information about the fun side of Key West… things to do and see in our island city, go to our Key West Web Site.