Fish and Wildlife Research Institute



The Spiny Lobster program is responsible for monitoring and developing models of South Florida's spiny lobster populations and for conducting research on spiny lobsters.

Spiny Lobster—General Facts

Commonly referred to as the Florida spiny lobster, the Caribbean spiny lobster inhabits tropical and subtropical waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico.

Caribbean Spiny Lobster Species Account

A species account for Caribbean spiny lobster (Panulirus argus) in Florida.

Lobster Stock Assessment

A stock assessment of Spiny Lobster, Panulirus argus, in the Southeast United States.

Spiny Lobster Sea Stats

This brochures discusses the Caribbean spiny lobster, also known as a crayfish, crawfish, langosta, and Florida lobster. Topics include a description of the lobster's appearance, life history, range and habitat, and management efforts.

Surveying Recreational Lobster Fishers

This article is a summary of information collected from nearly 2,000 recreational lobster fishers during the 1999-2000 lobster season.

Commercial Spiny Lobster Trap Fishery

Lobster trap fishing is important to Florida's cultural history and economy. Many traps are lost annually due to storms and boat propellers cutting the buoy rope that marks each trap, leading to ghost fishing and habitat damage.

FWC Facts:
Some snook can change sex from male to female. As a result, larger and older specimens are more likely to be female.

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