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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - The Bahamas Spiny Lobster Fishery

Variety

Lobster, Caribbean Spiny

Panulirus argus

Method

Wild

Pots

Location

FAO Area 31 (Atlantic, Western Central)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
The Bahamas Spiny Lobster Fishery

Market Names

Bermuda Spiny Lobster, Common Spiny Lobster, Crawfish, Florida Spiny Lobster, Rock Lobster, Spiny Lobster, West Indian Spiny Lobster

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - The Bahamas Spiny Lobster Fishery

Variety

Lobster, Caribbean Spiny

Panulirus argus

Method

Wild

Miscellaneous gear

Location

FAO Area 31 (Atlantic, Western Central)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
The Bahamas Spiny Lobster Fishery

Market Names

Bermuda Spiny Lobster, Common Spiny Lobster, Crawfish, Florida Spiny Lobster, Rock Lobster, Spiny Lobster, West Indian Spiny Lobster

Summary

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - Tristan da Cunha Rock Lobster

Variety

Lobster, Tristan da Cunha rock

Jasus tristani

Method

Wild

Pots

Location

FAO Area 47 (Atlantic, Southeast)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Tristan da Cunha Rock Lobster

Market Names

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries. Click to learn more about how the MSC certification was benchmarked to Ocean Wise. This fishery meets conservation standards to become OWS recommended.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - Australian Western Rock Lobster

Variety

Lobster, Western Red

Panulirus cygnus

Method

Wild

Pots

Location

FAO Area 57 (Indian Ocean, Eastern)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Australian Western Rock Lobster

Market Names

Western rock lobster, Rock lobster

Summary

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - Normandy and Jersey Lobster

Variety

Lobster, European

Homarus gammarus

Method

Wild

Pots

Location

FAO Area 27 (Atlantic, Northeast)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Normandy and Jersey Lobster

Market Names

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  • Pots

Variety

Lobster, American

Homarus americanus

Method

Wild

Pots

Location

Canada - Northwest Atlantic Ocean: Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence

Overall Rating

2.423 / 5

Market Names

Atlantic Lobster, Canadian Lobster, Maine Lobster

Summary

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  • Pots

Variety

Lobster, American

Homarus americanus

Method

Wild

Pots

Location

Canada - Northwest Atlantic Ocean (Southwest Nova Scotia and Bay of Fundy)

Overall Rating

2.423 / 5

Market Names

Atlantic Lobster, Canadian Lobster, Maine Lobster

Summary

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  • Pots

Variety

Lobster, American

Homarus americanus

Method

Wild

Pots

Location

Canada - Nova Scotia, Northwest Atlantic Ocean (Eastern Cape Breton)

Overall Rating

2.289 / 5

Market Names

Atlantic Lobster, Canadian Lobster, Maine Lobster

Summary

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Variety

Lobster, American

Homarus americanus

Method

Wild

Pots

Location

Canada - Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Atlantic Ocean

Overall Rating

2.289 / 5

Market Names

Atlantic Lobster, Canadian Lobster, Maine Lobster

Summary

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  • Pots

Variety

Lobster, American

Homarus americanus

Method

Wild

Pots

Location

Canada - Northwest Atlantic Ocean: Quebec Gulf and Northern Gulf of St. Lawrence

Overall Rating

2.423 / 5

Market Names

Atlantic Lobster, Canadian Lobster, Maine Lobster

Summary

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Variety

Lobster, California Spiny

Panulirus interruptus

Method

Wild

Pots

Location

U.S. - California, Eastern Central Pacific Ocean

Overall Rating

2.513 / 5

Market Names

Bug, Crawfish, Red Lobster, Rock Lobster, Spiny Lobster

Summary

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Variety

Lobster, Caribbean Spiny

Panulirus argus

Method

Wild

Diving

Location

Mexico - Western Central Atlantic Ocean: Caribbean Sea (Quintana Roo South)

Overall Rating

2.61 / 5

Market Names

Bermuda Spiny Lobster, Common Spiny Lobster, Crawfish, Florida Spiny Lobster, Rock Lobster, Spiny Lobster, West Indian Spiny Lobster

Summary

Stock status: Unknown and potentially declining.


Management: Quintana Roo South moderately effective. Yucatan and Quintana Roo ineffective with poor compliance and enforcement.


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Variety

Lobster, Caribbean Spiny

Panulirus argus

Method

Wild

Pots

Location

U.S. - Florida, Western Central Atlantic Ocean: Caribbean Sea

Overall Rating

2.7 / 5

Market Names

Bermuda Spiny Lobster, Common Spiny Lobster, Crawfish, Florida Spiny Lobster, Rock Lobster, Spiny Lobster, West Indian Spiny Lobster

Summary

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Variety

Lobster, Norway

Nephrops norvegicus

Method

Wild

Bottom trawls

Location

Scotland - Northeast Atlantic Ocean

Overall Rating

1.961 / 5

Market Names

Deep Sea Lobster, Dublin Bay Prawn, Langoustine, Nephrops, Norwegian Lobster, Scampi

Summary

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Variety

Lobster, Norway

Nephrops norvegicus

Method

Wild

Bottom trawls

Location

Spain - Northeast Atlantic Ocean

Overall Rating

2.025 / 5

Market Names

Deep Sea Lobster, Dublin Bay Prawn, Langoustine, Nephrops, Norwegian Lobster, Scampi

Summary

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Variety

Lobster, Caribbean Spiny

Panulirus argus

Method

Wild

Traps

Location

Mexico - Western Central Atlantic Ocean: Gulf of Mexico (Yucatan)

Overall Rating

1.986 / 5

Market Names

Bermuda Spiny Lobster, Common Spiny Lobster, Crawfish, Florida Spiny Lobster, Rock Lobster, Spiny Lobster, West Indian Spiny Lobster

Summary

Stock status: Unknown and potentially declining.


Management: Ineffective with poor compliance and enforcement.


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Variety

Lobster, Caribbean Spiny

Panulirus argus

Method

Wild

Diving

Location

Nicaragua - Western Central Atlantic Ocean: Caribbean Sea

Overall Rating

1.803 / 5

Market Names

Bermuda Spiny Lobster, Common Spiny Lobster, Crawfish, Florida Spiny Lobster, Rock Lobster, Spiny Lobster, West Indian Spiny Lobster

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Variety

Lobster, Caribbean Spiny

Panulirus argus

Method

Wild

Pots

Location

Brazil - Southwest Atlantic Ocean

Overall Rating

/ 5

Market Names

Bermuda Spiny Lobster, Common Spiny Lobster, Crawfish, Florida Spiny Lobster, Rock Lobster, Spiny Lobster, West Indian Spiny Lobster

Summary

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Variety

Lobster, Caribbean Spiny

Panulirus argus

Method

Wild

Diving

Location

Honduras - Western Central Atlantic Ocean: Caribbean Sea

Overall Rating

1.739 / 5

Market Names

Bermuda Spiny Lobster, Common Spiny Lobster, Crawfish, Florida Spiny Lobster, Rock Lobster, Spiny Lobster, West Indian Spiny Lobster

Summary

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Variety

Lobster, Caribbean Spiny

Panulirus argus

Method

Wild

Diving

Location

Mexico - Western Central Atlantic Ocean: Caribbean Sea (Yucatan and Quintana Roo North)

Overall Rating

2.359 / 5

Market Names

Bermuda Spiny Lobster, Common Spiny Lobster, Crawfish, Florida Spiny Lobster, Rock Lobster, Spiny Lobster, West Indian Spiny Lobster

Summary

Stock status: Unknown and potentially declining.


Management: Quintana Roo South moderately effective. Yucatan and Quintana Roo ineffective with poor compliance and enforcement.


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Variety

Lobster, Caribbean Spiny

Panulirus argus

Method

Wild

Pots

Location

Honduras - Western Central Atlantic Ocean: Caribbean Sea

Overall Rating

1.484 / 5

Market Names

Bermuda Spiny Lobster, Common Spiny Lobster, Crawfish, Florida Spiny Lobster, Rock Lobster, Spiny Lobster, West Indian Spiny Lobster

Summary

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  • Pots

Variety

Lobster, Caribbean Spiny

Panulirus argus

Method

Wild

Pots

Location

Nicaragua - Western Central Atlantic Ocean: Caribbean Sea

Overall Rating

1.765 / 5

Market Names

Bermuda Spiny Lobster, Common Spiny Lobster, Crawfish, Florida Spiny Lobster, Rock Lobster, Spiny Lobster, West Indian Spiny Lobster

Summary

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Variety

Lobster, Norway

Nephrops norvegicus

Method

Wild

Bottom trawls

Location

Northeast Atlantic Ocean: Celtic Sea

Overall Rating

1.935 / 5

Market Names

Deep Sea Lobster, Dublin Bay Prawn, Langoustine, Nephrops, Norwegian Lobster, Scampi

Summary

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Variety

Lobster, Norway

Nephrops norvegicus

Method

Wild

Bottom trawls

Location

Northeast Atlantic Ocean: North Sea

Overall Rating

1.935 / 5

Market Names

Deep Sea Lobster, Dublin Bay Prawn, Langoustine, Nephrops, Norwegian Lobster, Scampi

Summary

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Variety

Lobster, Norway

Nephrops norvegicus

Method

Wild

Bottom trawls

Location

Portugal - Northeast Atlantic Ocean

Overall Rating

2.025 / 5

Market Names

Deep Sea Lobster, Dublin Bay Prawn, Langoustine, Nephrops, Norwegian Lobster, Scampi

Summary

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Variety

Lobster, Norway

Nephrops norvegicus

Method

Wild

Pots and/or traps and/or trap nets

Location

Scotland - Northeast Atlantic Ocean

Overall Rating

2.241 / 5

Market Names

Deep Sea Lobster, Dublin Bay Prawn, Langoustine, Nephrops, Norwegian Lobster, Scampi

Summary

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Variety

Lobster, Caribbean Spiny

Panulirus argus

Method

Wild

Diving

Location

Belize - Western Central Atlantic Ocean: Caribbean Sea

Overall Rating

1.795 / 5

Market Names

Bermuda Spiny Lobster, Common Spiny Lobster, Crawfish, Florida Spiny Lobster, Rock Lobster, Spiny Lobster, West Indian Spiny Lobster

Summary

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Variety

Lobster, Norway

Nephrops norvegicus

Method

Wild

Bottom trawls

Location

France - Northeast Atlantic Ocean: Bay of Biscay

Overall Rating

2.312 / 5

Market Names

Deep Sea Lobster, Dublin Bay Prawn, Langoustine, Nephrops, Norwegian Lobster, Scampi

Summary

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Variety

Lobster, Caribbean Spiny

Panulirus argus

Method

Wild

Pots

Location

Belize - Western Central Atlantic Ocean: Caribbean Sea

Overall Rating

1.646 / 5

Market Names

Bermuda Spiny Lobster, Common Spiny Lobster, Crawfish, Florida Spiny Lobster, Rock Lobster, Spiny Lobster, West Indian Spiny Lobster

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Variety

Lobster, Norway

Nephrops norvegicus

Method

Wild

Bottom trawls

Location

Northeast Atlantic Ocean: Kattegat Bay

Overall Rating

2.289 / 5

Market Names

Deep Sea Lobster, Dublin Bay Prawn, Langoustine, Nephrops, Norwegian Lobster, Scampi

Summary

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Variety

Lobster, Norway

Nephrops norvegicus

Method

Wild

Pots and/or traps and/or trap nets

Location

Northeast Atlantic Ocean: Kattegat Bay

Overall Rating

2.791 / 5

Market Names

Deep Sea Lobster, Dublin Bay Prawn, Langoustine, Nephrops, Norwegian Lobster, Scampi

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Variety

Lobster, California Spiny

Panulirus interruptus

Method

Wild

Traps

Location

FAO Area 77 (Pacific, Eastern Central)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Mexico Baja California Red Rock Lobster

Market Names

Rock Lobster, Spiny Lobster

Summary

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Variety

Lobster, Colorado Langostino

Pleuroncodes monodon

Method

Wild

Bottom trawls

Location

FAO Area 87 (Pacific, Southeast)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Chile Squat Lobsters and Nylon Shrimp Modified Trawl

Market Names

Carrot Squat Lobster, Red Squat Lobster, Squat Lobster, Langostino, Langostino Lobster

Summary

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Variety

Lobster, Colorado Langostino

Pleuroncodes monodon

Method

Wild

Bottom trawls

Location

FAO Area 87 (Pacific, Southeast)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Chile Squat Lobsters and Nylon Shrimp Modified Trawl

Market Names

Carrot Squat Lobster, Red Squat Lobster, Squat Lobster, Langostino, Langostino Lobster

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Variety

Lobster, Colorado Langostino

Pleuroncodes monodon

Method

Wild

Bottom trawls

Location

FAO Area 87 (Pacific, Southeast)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Chile Squat Lobsters and Nylon Shrimp Modified Trawl

Market Names

Carrot Squat Lobster, Red Squat Lobster, Squat Lobster, Langostino, Langostino Lobster

Summary

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Variety

Lobster, Colorado Langostino

Pleuroncodes monodon

Method

Wild

Bottom trawls

Location

FAO Area 87 (Pacific, Southeast)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Chile Squat Lobsters Demersal Trawl Camanchaca Fishery

Market Names

Carrot Squat Lobster, Red Squat Lobster, Squat Lobster, Langostino, Langostino Lobster

Summary

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Variety

Lobster, Blue Squat

Cervimunida johni

Method

Wild

Bottom trawls

Location

FAO Area 87 (Pacific, Southeast)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Chile Squat Lobsters and Nylon Shrimp Modified Trawl

Market Names

Langostino, Langostino Amarillo, Langostino Lobster, Squat Lobster, Yellow Squat Lobster

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries. Click to learn more about how the MSC certification was bench-marked to Ocean Wise. This fishery does not meet conservation standards to become OWS recommended. It has a assessment Principle 2 score less than 84.5 and has an open condition regarding endangered, threatened, and/or protected (ETP) species.

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Variety

Lobster, American

Homarus americanus

Method

Wild

Traps

Location

FAO Area 21 (Atlantic, Northwest)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Eastern Canada Offshore Lobster

Market Names

Atlantic Lobster, Canadian Lobster, Maine Lobster

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries. Click to learn more about how the MSC certification was bench-marked to Ocean Wise. This fishery does not meet conservation standards to become OWS recommended. It was convicted for breach of section 115.2 of the Atlantic Fishery Regulations (1985).

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Variety

Lobster, Blue Squat

Cervimunida johni

Method

Wild

Bottom trawls

Location

FAO Area 87 (Pacific, Southeast)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Chile Squat Lobsters Demersal Trawl Camanchaca Fishery

Market Names

Langostino, Langostino Amarillo, Langostino Lobster, Squat Lobster, Yellow Squat Lobster

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries. Click to learn more about how the MSC certification was bench-marked to Ocean Wise. This fishery does not meet conservation standards to become OWS recommended. It has a assessment Principle 2 score less than 84.5 and has an open condition regarding endangered, threatened, and/or protected (ETP) species.

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Variety

Lobster, Blue Squat

Cervimunida johni

Method

Wild

Bottom trawls

Location

FAO Area 87 (Pacific, Southeast)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Chile Squat Lobsters and Nylon Shrimp Modified Trawl

Market Names

Langostino, Langostino Amarillo, Langostino Lobster, Squat Lobster, Yellow Squat Lobster

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries. Click to learn more about how the MSC certification was bench-marked to Ocean Wise. This fishery does not meet conservation standards to become OWS recommended. It has a assessment Principle 2 score less than 84.5 and has an open condition regarding endangered, threatened, and/or protected (ETP) species.

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Variety

Lobster, Blue Squat

Cervimunida johni

Method

Wild

Bottom trawls

Location

FAO Area 87 (Pacific, Southeast)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Chile Squat Lobsters and Nylon Shrimp Modified Trawl

Market Names

Langostino, Langostino Amarillo, Langostino Lobster, Squat Lobster, Yellow Squat Lobster

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries. Click to learn more about how the MSC certification was bench-marked to Ocean Wise. This fishery does not meet conservation standards to become OWS recommended. It has a assessment Principle 2 score less than 84.5 and has an open condition regarding endangered, threatened, and/or protected (ETP) species.

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