LobsterFlorida’s commercial spiny lobster season runs from August 6th through March 31st. Spiny lobster is one of Florida’s top commercial seafood products in dockside value, with the bulk of the harvest coming from Monroe, Miami-Dade, and Broward counties.The spiny lobster is a crustacean related to crabs, shrimp, crayfish, and the Spanish lobster. In Florida, the spiny lobster is caught off the Keys and around the southern tip of the state in the Atlantic Ocean near the Florida Reef Tract.The spiny lobster has numerous spines on the body; two large, hooked horns over the eyes; a pair of long, jointed antennae; and five pairs of walking legs. It has mottled coloring, with yellow, brown, orange, and blue markings over the body and tail. The tail is segmented and can be rapidly curled under the body to propel the lobster backward. Like all crustaceans, the spiny lobster molts or sheds its shell to grow. Its diet consists of clams, snails, seaweed, and small marine organisms. Lobsters form a single line, called “marches,” and move from shallow to deep water during seasonal migration.

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