Lobster, American – U.S. Georges Bank, U.S. Gulf of Maine & Canada
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 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 U.S., the abundance of American Lobster varies between regions. In the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank abundance is moderate to high. 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 Maine lobster fishery and Eastern Canada offshore lobster fishery have been certified as environmentally sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council.