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Maine Lobstering and Sustainable Practices
Maine's lobstermen are bound by stricter regulations than their neighbors, which keeps the Maine lobster population robust and healthy -- in 2012, the Maine lobster fishery had its largest haul yet, exceeding 123 million pounds. To wit, Maine lobstermen:
-Must throw back lobsters that are too small (to give them a chance to breed) and too large (to keep good genes breeding).
-Must throw back egg-bearing females, marking the tail with a notch so that they can never be taken out of the water.
-Can only harvest lobster using traps with escape vents for undersized lobsters and biodegradable escape hatches that release lobsters caught in lost traps.
-Can only fish a maximum of 800 traps and must be on his boat in person every time it fishes.
Most restaurants buy from distributors and can't trace the origin of their lobster. Because we handle ours from the harbor to the plate, we know it comes from Maine's sustainable waters and not from exhausted, polluted fisheries.
To further support the fishery’s efforts, we donate a portion of our proceeds to the Maine Lobstermen’s Community Alliance.