Lobster, Caribbean Spiny – U.S. Florida
The Caribbean spiny lobster is found and fished along the coast of Florida, within the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Sea, and the along the coast of South America through Brazil. Caribbean Spiny Lobsters grow fast, produce many eggs, 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.
Spiny Lobster are caught with traps. This fishing method catches few non-target animals. However the traps may cause damage to the hard bottom, seagrass, and coral reef habitats where Spiny Lobster live.