Blue Ocean Institute

whale shark on surface

Species is relatively abundant, and fishing methods cause little damage to habitat and other wildlife.
Lobster, California spiny These fish contain levels of mercury or PCBs that may pose a health risk to adults and children.

The California Spiny Lobster fishery is a small but locally important and largely sustainable fishery in southern California.

Abundance of Spiny Lobsters off California varies with broad-scale changes in environmental conditions caused by El Nino and La Nina.

State managers closely regulate commercial fishing for Spiny Lobster, but do not monitor recreational catches. Bycatch is low. Spiny Lobster traps generally allow undersize lobsters and other animals to escape.

Full species report here.

This fish may have high levels of mercury that could pose a health risk to adults and children.  More mercury info 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.