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Lobster and Kona Crab Season Closes Today

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Season closed on Lobster and Kona Crab. Graphics by Wendy Osher. Lobster image DLNR.

The closed season on ula (spiny lobster), ula papapa (slipper lobster) and Kona crab begins today and runs through the end of August. During that time it’s illegal to take, possess, or sell these shellfish.

Suzanne Case, chairperson of the Department of Land and Natural Resources said, “These rules are in place to protect lobsters and Kona crabs during the summer months, which are the peak of their reproductive season, and to help ensure their populations will continue to be sustainable.”

Any commercial marine dealer may sell, or any hotel, restaurant, or other public eating house may serve spiny or slipper lobster lawfully caught during the open season by first obtaining a license to do so, pursuant to section 13-74-41, Hawaiʻi Administrative Rules.


During the open season catching, taking or possessing of female spiny and slipper lobsters and female Kona crab is prohibited. Also, any spiny or slipper lobster, or Kona crab, caught with eggs must immediately be returned to the waters from which it was taken. Taking or killing of females is prohibited year round.

The Hawai‘i Fishing Regulations booklet, available at all Division of Aquatic Resources offices and most fishing supply stores, shows how to determine the sex of spiny lobsters and Kona crabs.

For more information on regulations concerning these and other marine invertebrates, including
minimum sizes, visit the department online or call the Division of Aquatic Resources.


To report any violation of these or other fishing regulations call the Division of Conservation and
Resources Enforcement at 643-DLNR.

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