KEY WEST (CBSMiami) – If you’re a Florida Lobster lover, there’s some good news that is not an April Fools joke. Officials say this year’s spiny lobster season is one of the best on record in a decade.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, commercial lobster fishermen have harvested 5.5 million pounds of spiny lobster to date this season, close to the 6 million pounds were harvested in the previous season.

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In comparison, just 4 million pounds were harvested in 2009-2010.

The increased harvest comes at a particularly good time for Florida fishermen. Prices for the lobster are up because demand it up, not just in the US where they are considered a seafood staple that costs far less than Maine lobster, but also in China and other Asian countries, where the Florida lobster is gaining new fans.

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Fishermen have been spared from any tropical storms or hurricanes, spelling more good luck.

The commercial numbers are independent of the lobster mini-seasons, where private fishermen are allowed to dive to catch their own lobsters.

 

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