knows that traceability and sustainability are important to preserving Maine lobster. By protecting the Maine lobster resource today, we ensure that future generations can enjoy its delicious flavor.

Rest assured that our Maine lobster is of the highest quality, from a well-managed, sustainable fishery.

Additionally, the Maine lobster industry is a well-managed fishery—ensuring that both the Maine lobster resource and the coastal marine environment are protected. You can count on us to support all efforts and organizations committed to preserving the sustainability of Maine lobster.

Many regulations have been put in place. The Maine Lobster Council ensures the health of the lobster resource, including:

  • Tail Notching: Female lobsters with visible eggs cannot be harvested. Before releasing a female lobster, the harvester notches its tail to identify it as a good breeder, thus protecting it from being harvested.
  • Minimum Size Limit: Size requirements for harvesting enable juvenile lobsters the chance to mature and reproduce before they’re harvested.
  • Maximum Size Limit: Maximum size limits protect the stock of large, healthy breeding lobsters.
  • Apprentice Program: New harvesters apprentice with veterans to learn sustainable harvesting practices.
  • Trap Limits: Individual harvesters are limited to a certain number of traps by state and local regulations.
  • Harvest Method: Lobster harvesting in Maine is performed by trap only—no diving or dragging of the ocean floor is allowed. Traps include escape vents for juvenile lobsters and biodegradable escape hatches to free lobsters in lost traps.
  • Lobster Seed Fund: Supported by licensing fees, the fund purchases females that extrude their eggs after being harvested. This buy-back program helps ensure that good breeding lobsters are returned to the ocean to reproduce.