MIAMI (CBS4) – Wednesday and Thursday, you may notice your job or office is a bit short on staff. At the stroke of midnight on Wednesday, July 27th, thousands of South Florida divers will hit the water for Florida’s annual lobster mini-season. Law enforcement is expecting large crowds of lobster lovers to hit the water for two days of lobster harvesting.

The special two-day spiny lobster sport season begins at midnight, July 27 and lasts for just 48 hours. It’s followed by the regular lobster season Aug. 6 through March 31.

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The special two-day sport season occurs on the last consecutive Wednesday and Thursday in July each year to let recreational harvesters collect spiny lobsters before commercial lobster traps are placed in the water on Aug 1.

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There are plenty of rules to follow that divers need to know before hitting the water.

Click here for a Guide to Florida’s Lobster Mini-Season.

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And if you need more information, just click here for the FWC website for additional rules, regulations and important information about lobster mini-season.