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Florida’s 2-day spiny lobster sport season set to begin

July 23, 2019
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission public information officer Ronald Washington uses a mounted spiny lobster to demonstrate the proper way to measure the crustaceans after they are caught, Tuesday, July 23, 2019, in North Miami, Fla. Florida wildlife officials detailed the rules for the popular two-day recreational spiny lobster mini-season, July 24 and 25. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission public information officer Ronald Washington uses a mounted spiny lobster to demonstrate the proper way to measure the crustaceans after they are caught, Tuesday, July 23, 2019, in North Miami, Fla. Florida wildlife officials detailed the rules for the popular two-day recreational spiny lobster mini-season, July 24 and 25. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

MIAMI (AP) — Divers are preparing for Florida’s annual two-day spiny lobster sport season.

The season begins Wednesday after 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.

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