Lobster, Caribbean Spiny – U.S. Florida
Caribbean Spiny Lobsters grow fast, are highly fecund (very fertile), and can live up to 20 years.
All U.S. catches of Caribbean Spiny Lobster occur in Florida. The abundance of Caribbean Spiny Lobster in Florida is uncertain, but the fishery is well-managed.
However the pots or traps used to catch them may damage the hard bottom, seagrass, and coral reef areas they are fished on. The fishery does occasionally catch sea turtles, but these catches are not having a negative impact on sea turtle populations.