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#491542 - 05/28/14 10:33 PM Lobster season.  
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Has anyone done diving for lobster on Ambergris Caye? How far do you have to go? Do you need license to catch them? Our up coming trip will coincide with lobster season and I hear lobster fest will be fun. Any tips?


#491558 - 05/29/14 05:22 AM Re: Lobster season. [Re: Trophaolic]  
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Only licensed commercial fisherman can legally take lobster from the sea. Of course this doesnt stop many people from getting their own. Lobsterfest will be great and lobsters will be available in most restaurants and some stores to take home and cook yourselves. Enjoy.

#491575 - 05/29/14 07:03 AM Re: Lobster season. [Re: JZB]  
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When does lobster season officially begin?

#491578 - 05/29/14 07:45 AM Re: Lobster season. [Re: Trophaolic]  
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#491579 - 05/29/14 08:23 AM Re: Lobster season. [Re: Trophaolic]  
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Lobster season officially begins on the 15th of June.

#491584 - 05/29/14 09:45 AM Re: Lobster season. [Re: Trophaolic]  
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Thanks Amanda.

#492306 - 06/15/14 02:37 PM Re: Lobster season. [Re: Trophaolic]  
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Lobster season is officially open!

For many Belizeans and visitors, especially in coastal fishing communities, grilled lobster, lobster kebabs, lobster dip or a lobster ceviche is something they look forward to from June 15th to February 14th. There is no need to punish those taste buds any longer, as the Fisheries Department has officially declared the 2014/2015 Lobster Season open today Sunday June 15th. Scientifically known as Panulirus Argus, the Caribbean Spiny Lobster is the only lobster that is regulated in Belize.

Calman Hall, Fishery Officer at the Belize Fisheries Department said that the closed season of the Caribbean Spiny Lobster season runs from February 15th to June 14th inclusive of any year. “The season officially opens on the 15th of June and runs until February 14th. Because lobster, like conch, is considered commercial species, a fisherman’s license is needed to engaging in the catching of Caribbean Spiny Lobster.”

According to Hall, while the season is open, the Fishery Department will still be monitoring for undersize lobster. To crack down on the catching of undersized lobster, the Fisheries Department will be using two ways to determine the lobster size; one for whole lobster and the other for the tail only. In the case of the whole lobster, Hall explained that the vernier caliper (from center of eye to the starting of the tail) carapace must measure three inches or more. When it’s only lobster tails, it must weigh four ounces or more to be considered legal for consumption.

“Holders (including restaurants) of lobster below the legal size, if caught, can be charged for being in possession of undersize lobster. That charge carries a fine of up to $500 and a penalty. The penalty depends on the magistrate, but ranges between $20 and $30 for each undersize tail or whole lobster,” explained Hall. A similar charge, fine and penalty apply for being in possession of lobster out of season.

Most of the Belize lobster product is exported to United States of America. Last year, it is estimated that the total catch yielded over $11 million to the country’s economy.

The lobster season overlaps with the conch season for two weeks. The closed season for conch runs from July 1st to September 30th.

#492326 - 06/16/14 01:18 PM Re: Lobster season. [Re: Trophaolic]  
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Originally Posted by Trophaolic
Has anyone done diving for lobster on Ambergris Caye? How far do you have to go? Do you need license to catch them? Our up coming trip will coincide with lobster season and I hear lobster fest will be fun. Any tips?

The joke around the dock is that you can catch lobsters with your bare hand easily by just taking your bare hand sticking it deep down in your pocket, pull out a $20. bill and give it to a local fisherman.
On the serious side, word on the docks is we're having a slow start this year. The fisherman are blaming everything from lack of rain and to much wind to overfishing.
official tallies have been plummeting for years but the counting processes accuracy is suffering from fisherman selling direct to the hundreds of restaurants and not getting counted. I'm beliving the guys that say when we have more rain the lobsters will start to show up.

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#492571 - 06/21/14 10:51 AM Re: Lobster season. [Re: elbert]  
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We did see a few lobsters under the reef when we went snorkeling. Yes you are right, don't even attempt to use bare hand... :-). Our house keeper said they usually use spear gun to get them.

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