Some problems exist with this species' status or catch methods, or information is insufficient for evaluating.Lobster, American – U.S. Georges Bank, U.S. Gulf of Maine & CanadaA fishery targeting this species has been certified as sustainable and well managed to the Marine Stewardship Council's environmental standard. Learn more at
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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.

In the U.S., the abundance of American Lobster varies between regions. The Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank  populations are at healthy abundances and are well-managed. Most U.S. American Lobster catches come from these areas. In Canada, the abundance level of American Lobster relative to conservation targets is unknown, but in most populations abundance appears to be stable or increasing.

American Lobsters are caught using traps baited with herring. Unfortunately the lines that connect the traps or pots sometimes entangle critically endangered North Atlantic Right Whales and threatened Humpback Whales, and this is a significant threat to the recovery of these whales. The fishing method causes moderate damage to bottom habitats.

The Maine lobster fishery and Eastern Canada offshore lobster fishery have been certified as environmentally sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council.

Full Seafood Watch species report here. (for U.S. Lobster fishery)
Full Safina Center species report here. (covers Canada fishery too)

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.