The two-day sport season for spiny lobster, which took place last week, has successfully wrapped up, according to wildlife officials.
That clears the way for the regular recreational and commercial season, which starts Aug. 6 and runs through March 31 of next year.
The commercial and recreational season is a big deal for Florida, since it generates more than $1 million through the sales of more than 200,000 spiny lobster permits annually.
Officials are advising first-timers and veterans alike to make sure they know the ins and outs of the season.
That means knowing what the bag and size limits are, where harvesting is permitted and where it's off limits, what lobsters are deemed a fair catch and which ones should never be caught, and even tips on safe diving during the season.
Interested parties are advised to check the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's site at MyFWC.com/Fishing.
Visit that site and click on "Saltwater Fishing," "Recreational Regulations" and "Lobster."