Tight Lines: Spiny Lobster season ends March 21

STATEWIDE — The 2017-2018 spiny lobster season is coming to a close on March 21. Recreational lobster divers must submit their respective report cards to the Department of Fish and Wildlife by April 30, either by mail or electronically.

Report cards can be sent to DFW via web (wildlife.ca.gov/licensing) or mail. The mailing address is: California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Lobster Report Card, 3883 Ruffin Road, San Diego, California 92123.

A spiny lobster report card costs $9.22 if purchased directly from DFW; the price jumps to $9.46 if purchased from a third-party vendor.

Children younger than 16 years old must also fill out a spiny lobster report card if they hunt for or take a bug.

Divers and hunters who have not yet purchased report cards can do so at select tackle shops and sporting goods stores. The card can also be purchased online.

Questions about the season and reporting process can be directed to Dr. Craig Shuman, a regional manager with DFW, at 831-649-2870 or AskMarine@wildlife.ca.gov.

The 2018-2019 spiny lobster season will start at 6 a.m. on Sept. 29 (the Saturday preceding the first October in Wednesday) and continue through March 20, 2019.

The daily recreational bag limit, according to state law, is seven lobsters per person; no more than one bag can be taken or possessed, daily.

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