Lobster, American – U.S. Southern New England
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.