Some problems exist with this species' status or catch methods, or information is insufficient for evaluating.Lobster, Caribbean Spiny – U.S. FloridaThese fish contain levels of mercury or PCBs that may pose a health risk to adults and children. Our source of information is  We also recommend that you check local advisories.

The Caribbean spiny lobster is found and fished along the coast of Florida, within the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Sea, and the along the coast of South America through Brazil. Caribbean Spiny Lobsters grow fast, produce many eggs, and can live up to 20 years.

All U.S. catches of Caribbean Spiny Lobster occur in Florida. The abundance of Caribbean Spiny Lobster in Florida is uncertain, but the fishery is well-managed.

Spiny Lobster are caught with traps. This fishing method catches few non-target animals. However the traps may cause damage to the hard bottom, seagrass, and coral reef habitats where Spiny Lobster live.

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This fish may have moderately high levels of mercury that could pose a health risk to adults and children. More info here about mercury in lobster. Check out our mercury in seafood section.