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

Species has a combination of problems such as overfishing, high bycatch, and poor management.
Lobster, American – U.S. Southern New England These fish contain levels of mercury or PCBs that may pose a health risk to adults and children.

American Lobsters are found off the Atlantic coast of North America from Newfoundland to Virginia. They can grow to a large size of 18kg (40lbs) and reach sexual maturity between 5-10 years old.

American Lobsters are caught in commercial fisheries with lobster traps, a fishing method that can potentially cause some damage to bottom habitats. American Lobster fisheries likely have a low amount of bycatch, however, entanglements of endangered North Atlantic right whales in lobster fishing gear is a significant concern.

In the U.S., the abundance of American Lobster varies between regions. In the Southern New England region, abundance is at a critically low level, and thus American Lobster from this region is rated red.

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.