Lobster Mini Season Starts in Florida
Florida's lobster harvest officially starts on August 6th for commercial vessels. However starting Wednesday at midnight, lobster catchers have access to all the lobsters for the 2 day mini season. Right off the bat the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was busy though. Some enthusiasts can't seem to wait until midnight and start early, and there are those that harvest more than the dozen limit, and some that take undersized lobsters as well. Local and federal officers are helping monitor the waters during the mini season.
For one man it ended tragically. Mark Fountain of Massachusetts was diving off the Florida Keys, with his son and his son's girlfriend, they got separated. His son was able to make it back to the boat, picked up the girlfriend, and then went towards his father - saw his father floating. They pulled him into the boat and called for help, then headed in to shore, according to authorities. The U.S. Coast Guard met them en route and escorted them in to the Tavernier Creek Marina, where they were met by paramedics. Fountain was pronounced dead at the hospital, an autopsy will be performed.
A lot of times the mini season attracts divers, who may have been very experienced at one time, but might be a bit rusty at the sport, and that's when the divers get in trouble. Also having boaters and divers intermingling is dangerous, especially if the divers forget to put up their marker flags. From The Miami Herald.