MANATEE — The spiny lobster season opens with the two-day recreational sport season July 30-31, followed by the regular commercial and recreational lobster season starting Aug. 6 through March 31.
Lobsters must be measured while in the water. If the carapace length is not larger than 3 inches, it must be left in the water. Harvest of egg-bearing females is prohibited.
Bring a cooler big enough to hold the entire lobster. Spiny lobsters must remain whole until brought to shore. Do not take spiny lobster with any device that might puncture, penetrate or crush its shell.
Recreational divers and snorkelers can take up to 12 lobsters per person daily in Manatee County waters. You may possess no more than the daily bag limit of lobsters when on the water.
Regular season daily recreational bag and on-the-water possession limit is six spiny lobsters per person.