The Safina Center

Koho salmon.Koho salmon.Photo taken by: Carl Safina

Some problems exist with this species' status or catch methods, or information is insufficient for evaluating. Lobster, California Spiny – U.S. California 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  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. Overall abundance appears stable and management of the fishery is moderately effective.

Fishermen use traps to catch Spiny Lobster. There is some concern about bycatch of seabirds, particularly cormorants. There is little information to determine whether the fishery is having an impact on cormorant populations but these populations are considered healthy.

Full Seafood Watch 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.