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My Florida: Lobster Mini-Season July 26-27; Deck 84 Cooks Your Catch

July 21st, 2011 · No Comments

Florida lobster on the reef /photo courtesy Dayo Scuba, Orlando at www.scuba.cc

Divers, get ready to bag ’em. Florida’s two-day mini-season for taking lobsters begins Wednesday, July 26 at 12:01 a.m., and ends Thursday, July 27, at midnight.

One of the most popular spots for diving for lobster is the Florida Keys. The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will have a booth starting July 22 at mile marker 106 bayside, on the Overseas Highway, to provide all the info you’ll need to catch the limit allowed.

An annual event

Florida’s commercial lobster season starts August 6 and runs through March 31. Before that, however, the recreational fishermen and divers are allowed to catch up to 12 lobsters per person, per day. (Six in some areas of the Keys.)

There are dozens of rules and regulations regarding size limits (divers must carry a measuring device at all times), prohibited harvesting areas, and limitations on methods of taking lobster enforced by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. For links to rules on lobster harvesting in Florida, and more information about the mini sport season, go here.

Deck 84 cooks the catch

If you’re lucky enough to haul in some “bugs” – the Florida name for the spiny lobster (Panulirus argus), the chef at Deck 84 in Delray Beach will prepare them for you. Bring cleaned lobster tails to the restaurant, July 27-31, and choose the preparation you want: grilled, with mango butter; steamed, with drawn butter;  lobster salad with fruits and greens; “picnic” lobster flash fried in a tempura batter; or lobster with linguine and a basil cream sauce. You’ll get two sides with the dinners, which range from $12 to $15 per entree.

Deck 84

  • 840 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach
  • 561-655-8484; Deck84.com
  • Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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