Blue Ocean Institute

blue colored fish

Some problems exist with this species' status or catch methods, or information is insufficient for evaluating. Lobster, American A fishery targeting this species has been certified as sustainable and well managed to the Marine Stewardship Council's environmental standard. Learn more at http://www.msc.org.
These fish contain levels of mercury or PCBs that may pose a health risk to adults and children.

American Lobsters are found off the Atlantic coast of North America from Newfoundland to Virginia. They can grow to a large size of 18kg (40lbs) and reach sexual maturity between 5-10 years old.

American Lobsters are caught in commercial fisheries in the US and Canada with lobster traps, a fishing method that can potentially cause some damage to bottom habitats. American Lobster fisheries likely have a low amount of bycatch, however, entanglements of endangered North Atlantic right whales in lobster fishing gear is a significant concern.

In the US, the abundance of American Lobster varies between regions, being moderate to high in the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank, but at a critically low level in the Southern New England region. In Canada, the abundance level of American Lobster relative to conservation targets is unknown, but in most populations abundance appears to be stable or increasing. The Eastern Canada offshore lobster fishery has been certified as environmentally sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council.

Full species report here.

This fish may have moderately high levels of mercury that could pose a health risk to adults and children. More info here about mercury in lobster. Check out our mercury in seafood section.