Lobster Hunting in Panama
I don’t know if it is the Covid19 restrictions preventing people from over fishing, but there are so many Pacific Spiny Lobster near my home in Coronado. A Hawaiian friend in Maui taught me how to catch them, and I can’t wait for the next time I can go. Bug hunting has only a few restrictions in Panama. There is a veda or off-season from the 1st of December until the 15th of April of every year. In the Caribbean, the off-season is during other months.
Typically, you only need to dive to about 12 feet, depending on the tide. The average depth is about 6 to 8 feet, where the delicious creatures hide under rocks.
The crustacean cephalothorax must be larger than 6cm, and no scuba diving is allowed. It is also prohibited to take the females with eggs. However, this is rarely regulated, and you will see people selling lobsters on the side of the highway full of eggs.
It seems like all types of marine life that are rarely seen in certain parts are now more commonplace. For instance, I am used to seeing sea turtles in the Azuero peninsula, but in 40 plus years, I had never seen a big sea turtle inside of the Gulf of Panama. However, just a couple of weeks ago, when for a brief period, we were allowed on the beach, I saw a huge one.
Fishing season for Caribbean spiny lobster closes on March 1 for Central American countries.