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DAN Releases Poster Illustrating Dive Risks During Lobster Season

Divers Alert Network recently issued a poster that illustrates the risks of diving for lobsters during the two-day hunting season in Florida.

“Mini-season, also known as ‘sport-season,’ is an annual event that attracts thousands of divers to Florida to hunt lobster,” according to the organization. “Tragically, the season is tarnished by deaths that could have been prevented with better dive preparation and execution.”

Through its research, DAN has found that nearly half of all underwater hunting deaths in Florida waters over the past decade have been attributed to the two-day lobster season.

DAN Vice President Dr. Petar Denoble said the organization found that lobster hunters more often ran out of breathing gas and had a higher percentage of gas embolisms than non-hunters.

“This may have been due to the hunters becoming distracted and ignoring their gauges. Task overload can be very dangerous and our research suggests this too frequently results in death during mini-season,” he warned.

To view DAN’s new poster, click here.

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.