For two days at the end of July, thousands of people visit South Florida—
especially the Florida Keys—
to hunt spiny lobsters. The goal of miniseason is to allow tourists and recreational users to catch lobsters before the regular season starts for 8 months in August.
Miniseason has been around since the 1970s. It has always taken place the last Wednesday and Thursday of July, but this year some officials are concerned about the impact it may contribute to COVID-19. Some locals in the Florida Keys fear that the event will impact their rather low case rates, as well as impact traffic congestion in the water and on US1. There have been requests to cancel miniseason already, but some feel differently on the subject.
There are some who believe that canceling one of the summer's biggest events will have no benefit since enthusiastic hunters will still partake in the sport on August 6th when the season is open for 8 months.
Spiny Lobsters are protected in the Florida Keys and have some laws and regulations towards them. The daily limit per person is 6 lobsters each and female lobsters with eggs must be released. All hunters are required to possess a valid Florida Saltwater Fishing License as it is illegal to hunt without one. It is also prohibited to hunt these crustaceans in artificial, man-made habitats. Also, be informed of the rules and regulations about hunting in your desired location before actually doing so as they may vary.
Set to take place on the 29th and 30th of July this year, all advertising of the sport has been paused until further notice. There has yet to be any confirmation of what's in store for miniseason this year.
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