5 Things to Know Before You Go: 2023 Mini Lobster Season

On behalf of Eisenmenger, Robinson & Peters, P.A. posted in Criminal Law on Friday, July 21, 2023.

5 Things to Know Before You Go: 2023 Mini Lobster Season

Get ready, everyone! The much-awaited “Mini Lobster Season” is right around the corner. A unique event that offers an exclusive opportunity to get an early chance to get your fill of these delicious bugs. But before you head out with your nets, here’s all you need to know for a fun and safe trip.

1) Key Dates

Opens: Wednesday, July 26, 2023, at 12:01 a.m.

Closes: Thursday, July 27, 2023, at 12:00 a.m. (midnight)

2) Understanding Possession Limits

The authorities are strict about enforcing the possession limits, both on and off the water, so be mindful!

Daily Bag Limit:

  • 6 per person for Monroe County and Biscayne National Park.
  • 12 per person for the rest of Florida

Possession Limit in Water:

  • Equal to the daily bag limit

Possession Limit off the Water:

  • Equal to the daily bag limit on Wednesday, July 26, 2023
  • Double the daily bag limit on Thursday, July 27, 2023

Minimum Size Limit:

  • The lobster carapace must be larger than 3 inches, measured in the water.
  • You must possess and use a measuring device at all times.


  • Ensure lobsters are landed in their whole condition.
  • Separating the tail from the body is prohibited in State waters.
  • You CAN NOT harvest or attempt to harvest spiny lobster using any device which will or could Puncture, penetrate or crush the exoskeleton (SHELL) or the flesh of a lobster.
    • The harvest or possession of egg-bearing spiny lobster is prohibited.

4) The Dive Flag

On  the water:

  • Diver’s down symbol must be at least 12 x 12 inches in size.

On the vessel:

  • Diver’s down symbol must by at least 20 X 24 inches in size and displayed at the highest point on the vessel so that its visibility is NOT obstructed in any direction.

To learn more about FWC’s Divers-Down Safety Requirements, you can go here: https://myfwc.com/boating/regulations/

5) License & Permit Requirements

  • To participate in the Mini Lobster Season, you’ll need a Saltwater fishing license and a lobster permit unless you are exempt. A valid Florida Sportsman License also authorizes you to take lobsters.

Most importantly, always remember to stay safe, respect the reef, and have fun! For more detailed information and the latest updates, refer to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s official page.