GetMaineLobster.com is ever-aware of that traceability and sustainability are most important if we want to preserve the luxury of Maine lobster. We understand that by protecting the Maine lobster resource today, we are protecting our ecosystem for future.
You can rest assure that our Maine lobster is of the highest quality, well-managed, sustainable, and a pristine marine resource. The Maine Lobster industry is the model of a well-managed fishery—ensuring that both the lobster resource and the environment are protected for generations to come. And, that you, the Maine lobster lover can continue to count on us to provide with succulent Maine lobster for years to come.
Some rules and regulations (provided by the Maine Lobster Council) that help ensure the health of the lobster resource include:
Tail Notching: Female lobsters with visible eggs cannot be harvested. Before releasing her, the harvester notches her tail to identify her as a good breeder, thus protecting her for life from being harvested.
Minimum Size Limit: Minimum 3 1/4″ carapace measurements allow juvenile lobsters the chance to mature and reproduce before they can be harvested.
Maximum Size Limit: Maximum 5″ carapace measurements protect the large, healthy breeding stock.
Apprentice Program: New harvesters must apprentice with veterans to learn the regulated, sustainable practices.
Trap Limits: The total number of traps per harvester is limited by both the state and the individual lobster zones.
Harvest Method: Harvesting in Maine is by trap only — no dragging or diving is allowed. Traps include escape vents for under size lobsters as well as biodegradable escape hatches to free lobsters in lost traps.
Lobster Seed Fund: Supported by license fees, the Fund purchases females that extrude their eggs after being harvested. This unique buy-back program helps to ensure that the good breeding stock is returned to the ocean to reproduce.