South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

Spiny Lobster Amendment 1

Amendment Summary

Modified various size limits, permitting requirements and possession, and season regulations.

Amendment documents

Implemented Regulations

  • Allowed the use of up to 100 undersized lobster on board lobster trap fishing vessels to be used as attractants.
  • Required a permit for possession or harvest of more than six lobster per day (commercial harvest). Established a recreational fishing season of August 5 to March 31.
  • The harvest and possession limit (recreational) is 6-lobster during the regular season and special mini-season.
  • Set the data for the recreational mini-season to the first full weekend prior to August 1st. Pre-season trap soak can begin August 1.
  • Established a procedure for an extended trap retrieval period.
  • Required all captured egg-bearing females to be immediately released alive.
  • Set a minimum size limit of 3-inch carapace or a separated tail length of 5.5 inches or less.
  • Prohibited tail separation without a specific permit. 
  • Final approval
  • Implementation
  • Pre-scoping
  • Public hearing
  • Rule making
  • Scoping
  • Secretarial review

Species Affected