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Disturbing Trend, Staking a Claim

He did what? “Yep, when I came up for air, working the same lobster round and round this very large coral head with my 12 year old daughter, I looked down and watched in disbelief as a diver using a hookah rig swam right in and took ‘MY' lobster.” Mike Edwards, of Stuart, still couldn't believe the brazen, disrespectful act of the other diver, but shrugged it off as mini-season in the Keys.

I guess this type of behavior has lead other divers to circle the wagons so to speak, and place floating dive flags on surrounding reefs to try and keep other divers from approaching. But, that's not the way to do it. Common courtesy is the answer.

Florida Sportsman member Hoowasher had this to say, “I have been lobstering in the Lower Keys for almost 40 years. I miss the days before Loran and GPS. Now...everyone has their spots, and your spots and my spots... OK I can deal with that. Since i usually skip mini-season, I do not see a lot of problems with crowding or encroachment so to speak. HOWEVER- this year and last year I am noticing an increase in a process I'll call "Staking a Claim."

What are you seeing out there?

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