Lobsters in the waters around Jamaica have their annual breeding season in the late Spring and early Summer of each year. Because of this lobster is out of season (closed) from April 1st to June 30th of each year. Those who have stored and declared frozen lobsters are allowed to use their supplies during the first three weeks after lobster season closes.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries:

"Spiny lobsters in storage between April 1 and 21, which have been declared to the licensing authority may be sold, exported or processed within this 21-day period. However, after April 21, it will be illegal for anyone to have any species of spiny lobsters/spiny lobster parts or products in their possession. It will not matter whether the lobster is fresh, frozen or otherwise. Persons found in breach will be liable for prosecution."

Do not expect to find lobster on the menu anyplace in Jamaica while lobster season is closed.

For more information or to report violations contact

Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Fisheries Division
P.O. Box 470
Kingston 13, Jamaica, W.I.
Tel: (876) 923-8811-3  or  E-mail: fisheries@moa.gov.jm