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Atlantic Lobster

Duane Raver, Jr.
Open Year Round

A fishing license is required to harvest Atlantic Lobsters in waters of the State of Delaware.
Size Limit
3⅜ to 5¼ inches (slot)

The measurement is made between the extreme rear of the eye socket to the end of the carapace.
Daily Limit / Person
2; V-notched (Female) prohibited
Delaware Range
Atlantic Ocean
Abundance in Delaware Waters
General Habitat and Food Preferences
Atlantic Lobsters are opportunistic bottom-dwelling predators and will feed on a variety of live and dead fish, crabs, clams, and snails.

The Atlantic Lobster thrives in cold, shallow waters where there are many rocks and other places to hide from predators.
General Description
Live Atlantic Lobsters are usually olive green or greenish brown.
Did You Know?
Atlantic Lobsters have exoskeletons (shells) that provide both structural support and protection. As they grow, they must molt, or shed their old shells and grow new ones.

Atlantic Lobsters were once considered the poor man's chicken. In Colonial times, it was fed to pigs and goats and only eaten by paupers.

It is believed that Atlantic Lobsters can live as long as 100 years.

They turn red when cooked.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
Atlantic Lobsters are harvested with wooden traps baited with fish.

Scuba divers also catch Atlantic Lobsters.
Typical Sizes Caught
Atlantic Lobsters caught by Delaware anglers are commonly in the 1 to 2 pound range.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Atlantic Lobsters are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament citation.
Delaware State Record
Atlantic Lobsters are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.