Caribbean Spiny Lobster

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Caribbean Spiny Lobster

Scientific name: Panulirus argus (Latreille, 1804)

Common name: Caribbean Spiny Lobster

Species Codes for Trip Ticket Reporting:
Food and Bait Code: 317 - Lobster, spiny (whole) and 318 - Lobster, spiny (tails)

Marine Life Code: 735 - Lobster, Caribbean spiny (rock)

License and Endorsements Required for Commercial Harvest:
SPL - Saltwater Products License
RS - Restricted Species Endorsement
C - Crawfish/Lobster Endorsement
CD - Commercial Dive Permit required for commercial harvest by diving.

* These are unofficial designations, please see Florida Administrative Code Chapter 68B for specifics, https://www.flrules.org/.


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