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The commercial fishing industry represents the fourth largest employment sector in Monroe County, comprising nine percent of the work force. The annual commercial harvest of the Florida spiny lobster is estimated at five million pounds. Approximately 88% of the nation's supply of the spiny lobster is harvested in Monroe County. Recreational harvest is also important. It accounts for approximately 20 percent of the total harvest. (photo: Paige Gill - Florida Keys NMS)

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