Florida Keys

In the Keys, lobster mini-season is a holiday — and an ordeal

FWC Officer John Martino checks lobster during the annual mini-season this year.
FWC Officer John Martino checks lobster during the annual mini-season this year. WLRN-Miami Herald News

Billy Causey has been in the Florida Keys since the early 1970s. And in that time, he's figured out a few things.

"There's some things you learn not to talk about. You know — religion, politics ... and mini-season," Causey said. "You don't go to a party in the Keys and talk about any one of those three."

But people actually do talk to Causey about the lobster mini-season, the two days each July when recreational divers get a jump on fishing for spiny lobster. Causey is the southeast regional director for the National Marine Sanctuary program and a former superintendent of the Florida Keys and Looe Key national marine sanctuaries.

Read more at WLRN.

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