Skimming the Surface:
A Guide to Our Sustainable Seafood Practices

Lobster

🦞Maine has both minimum and maximum size restrictions for lobster that can be caught.

🦞Lobstermen throw back female lobsters bearing eggs, and put a v-shaped notch in the lobster's tail. If that lobster is ever caught again without eggs, it cannot be kept, as it is marked as a fertile breeder

🦞Lobster traps are required to have juvenile vents so small lobster can come and go to get their free lunch without risking becoming lunch themselves at the hands (claws) of a larger lobster.

🦞In Maine, there is a limited number of lobstering licenses given out to prevent overfishing, as well as a limited number of traps that are allowed to be set per lobstermen.



Crab

🦀Fishermen must throw back all egg-bearing females, ensuring that fertile crabs are kept in the population

🦀Jonah Crab may only be caught by fishermen who already hold lobster licenses or were already fishing for Jonah crab prior to 2015; no new licenses may start fishing.

🦀No more than 200 crabs per day or 500 crabs per multi-day trip can be caught incidentally through other fishing methods.

Shrimp

🦐The Eastern Canadian fishery has a quota for a total annual catch that cannot be exceeded.

🦐Trawling nets used to catch shrimp have a minimum mesh size of 40mm, which prevents juvenile shrimp from being caught, giving them time to mature and reproduce.

🦐Shrimp fishermen must use a sorting grate to ensure that they are not catching other species unintentionally.