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lobster sustainability

lobster sustainability
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The fishery for fresh American lobster in both Canada and the U.S. is another very well-managed fishery. In recent years, landings have reached historic highs. Both fisheries are managed with the use of minimum and maximum size limits and rules that prevent the retention of egg-bearing females. In addition, lobster traps are required to be designed to allow undersized lobsters to escape from the trap. And all traps must have biodegradable escape panels that allow lobsters to escape from traps that are lost at sea. Currently, the fishery for lobsters in Maine, which produces about 90 percent of the U.S. lobster landings, is undergoing assessment by the Marine Stewardship Council.  The Canadian offshore lobster fishery was certified  by MSC in 2009.

Best Choice

Seafood in this category is abundant, well-managed and caught or farmed in environmentally friendly ways.

Good Alternatives

These items are a good option, but there are small concerns with how they're caught or farmed - or with the health of their habitat due to other human impacts.

Avoid

Take a pass on these items for now. They are caught or farmed in ways that harm other marine life or the environment.

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