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Miniseason is over. Now, let the long lobster season begin

Lobster mini-season kicks off in Miami

Thousands of fishermen from around South Florida took part in the annual lobster mini-season on July 26, 2017.
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Thousands of fishermen from around South Florida took part in the annual lobster mini-season on July 26, 2017.

The tens of thousands of Florida Keys visitors who came down for lobster mini-season Wednesday and Thursday are now all but gone but that doesn’t mean the end to lobster divers in the Keys.

The regular eight-month commercial and recreational lobster season starts on Aug. 6, so expect more lobster divers in the water then, along with tens of thousands of lobster traps set by commercial fishermen.

Capt. Dave Dipre with the state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says commercial anglers can place their traps in the water at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. The eight-month commercial season, when they can pull traps, starts Aug. 6.

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