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Lobster checks lead to release of egg-bearing females during lobster mini-season

Posted: 2:01 PM, Jul 27, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-27 18:01:56Z

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Law enforcement checks during this week's lobster mini-season led to the discovery of divers in possession of egg-bearing lobsters in Fort Lauderdale.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, crews in the Fort Lauderdale area conducted 40 boardings of vessels during over 26 hours on the water.

Egg-bearing lobsters were located in at least one vessel and released back into the water.

The boarding took place during the 2018 Lobster Mini-Season, July 25-26, which divers are allowed to hunt lobsters before the commercial hunting season.

It is illegal for divers to possess any lobster with eggs, and are limited to six lobster per person.

There's no word on whether the divers with the illegal lobsters were ticketed or arrested.