DURHAM, N.C., July 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- It's almost lobster mini season in Florida
Florida FWC issues more than 50,000 permits annually for lobster mini season, which will take place on July 25 and 26 this year. With everyone searching the same spots, it can get crowded underwater. Lobsters are nocturnal — and fast — which can make it easy to get distracted and lose track of your buddy, especially if you're hunting at night. Even more important, it's easy to lose track of your air supply. With divers pushing themselves to physical, technical and skill limits, there's a potential for serious trouble.
"DAN research shows that hunters are more likely to run out of air or experience a gas embolism than non-hunters because of task loading or distractions," said Petar Denoble, DAN Vice President of Mission. "So whether it's mini season or the regular season, taking the time to prepare can prevent injury and/or death. For example, if you're not a certified night diver, take a course now if you plan to hunt at night. And, of course, before you hit the water, review with your buddy procedures for running out of air or getting separated."
What else can divers do to stack the deck in their favor while lobster hunting?
Should an incident happen, call:
"Over the last 10 years there have been 20 diver deaths during lobster mini season. DAN research also shows that divers who participate in lobster mini season have a 140 percent higher risk of dying while diving than at any other time while diving in Florida," said Bill Ziefle, DAN President and CEO. "We want divers to have fun during mini season, but mostly we want them to come back safely. These goals are not mutually exclusive."
Additional lobster mini season safety tips include:
To see other lobster mini-season safety tools and tips and download the infographic, go to: DAN.org/Lobster.
For up-to-date information about lobster mini season regulations, go to http://myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/recreational/lobster.
Need to join DAN or renew your membership before mini season? Go to DAN.org/join.
About DAN: The world's most recognized and respected dive safety organization, Divers Alert Network (DAN) has remained committed to the health and well-being of divers for 38 years. The organization's research, medical services and global-response programs support an extensive network capable of reaching divers with vital injury-prevention initiatives, educational programs and lifesaving evacuations. Every day, hundreds of thousands of divers around the world look to DAN as their dive safety organization.
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