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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Norway lobster

Nephrops norvegicus

Method

Wild

Trap

Location

Kattergat Bay

Overall Rating

2.80 / 5

Summary

Current levels of fishing are likely sustainable.

This fishery has no serious bycatch concerns.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

California spiny lobster

Panulirus interruptus

Method

Wild

Trap

Location

California and Western Baja California

Overall Rating

2.8 / 5

Summary

Most recent assessment suggests populations of this species are stable.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

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

Variety

Spiny lobster

Panulirus argus

Method

Wild

Diver

Location

Bahamas

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
The Bahamas Spiny Lobster Fishery

Summary

 

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - Tristan da Cunha rock lobster

Variety

Rock lobster

Jasus tristani

Method

Wild

Trap

Location

Tristan de Cunha

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Tristan da Cunha rock lobster

Summary

 

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - Western Australian Rock Lobster

Variety

Rock lobster

Panulirus cygnus

Method

Wild

Pot

Location

Western Australia

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Western Australian Rock Lobster

Summary

 

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - Normandy and Jersey lobster

Variety

European lobster

Homarus gammarus

Method

Wild

Trap

Location

English Channel

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Normandy and Jersey lobster

Summary

 

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Variety

Norway lobster

Nephrops norvegicus

Method

Wild

Bottom trawl

Location

Kattegrat Bay, Celtic Sea, North Sea, Portugal, Spain, Scotland

Overall Rating

1.94-2.29 / 5

Summary

Bottom trawl gear has large impacts on seafloor habitat.

Bycatch rates of bottom trawls are high and often include depleted and overfished species.

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Variety

Spiny lobster

Panulirus argus

Method

Diver, Pot

Location

Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua

Overall Rating

1.5-1.8 / 5

Summary

Caribbean spiny lobster stocks status are either unknown or known to be undergoing overfishing.

Management in all regions is either ineffective or effectiveness is unknown.

 

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Variety

Spiny lobster

Panulirus argus

Method

Wild

Pot

Location

Brazil

Overall Rating

0 / 5

Summary

Overfishing is occur.

Management is ineffective and illegal fishing remains a critical concern.

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Variety

Norway lobster

Nephrops norvegicus

Method

Wild

Bottom trawl, Trap

Location

Overall Rating

2.2-2.31 / 5

Summary

Stock status of Scottish stocks unknown with some overfishing occurring

Bottom trawling incur high by catch including depleted and overfished species

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Variety

Spiny lobster

Panulirus argus

Method

Wild

Pot

Location

Florida

Overall Rating

2.7 / 5

Summary

Stock status unknown

There are known interactions with fishing gear and bottlenose dolphins

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Variety

American lobster

Homarus americanus

Method

Wild

Pot

Location

Canada - Newfoundland and Labrador, Gulf of St. Lawrence, Nova Scotia

Overall Rating

2.29-2.43 / 5

Summary

It is currently known if lobster stocks from these regions are experiencing overfishing.

Common bait included Atlantic mackerel and herring which are species that are depleted and undergoing overfishing.

Serious concern over entanglement of endangered whales and turtles exist in this fishery.

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Variety

American lobster

Homarus americanus

Method

Wild

Trap

Location

United States - Georges Bank and Gulf of Maine

Overall Rating

2.28 / 5

Summary

Serious concern over entanglement of endangered whales and turtles exist in this fishery.

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Variety

Spiny lobster

Panulirus argus

Method

Wild

Diver, Trap

Location

Mexico: Gulf of Mexico - Yucatan and Quintana Roo

Overall Rating

2.0-2.61 / 5

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

American lobster

Homarus americanus

Method

Wild

Trap

Location

Atlantic Canada

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Eastern Canada offshore lobster

Summary

In line with our policy to recommend Canadian MSC-certified fisheries, except where objections have been filed by stakeholders, this fishery is no longer recommended by Ocean Wise.

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Variety

American lobster

Homarus americanus

Method

Wild

Trap

Location

Gulf of St. Lawrence

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Iles-de-la-Madeleine

Summary

All US MSC certified fisheries in the US are now recommended. As in the November 2017 update, the exception applies where the Risk-Based Framework has been used in Principle 1.

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Variety

American lobster

Homarus americanus

Method

Wild

Trap

Location

Canada - Magdalen Islands

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Gaspésie lobster trap

Summary

All US MSC certified fisheries in the US are now recommended. As in the November 2017 update, the exception applies where the Risk-Based Framework has been used in Principle 1.

 

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Variety

Yellow Squat Lobster

Cervimunida johni

Method

Wild

Bottom trawl

Location

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Chile squat lobsters demersal trawl Camanchaca Fishery

Summary

MSC Principle 2 score is not ≥ 84.5.

 

 

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Variety

American lobster

Homarus americanus

Method

Wild

Pot

Location

Gulf of Maine

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Gulf of Maine lobster fishery

Summary

Seafood Watch assessment of this fishery supersedes MSC certification according to Ocean Wise Standard.

Fishery has been assessed to have significant impacts on endangered, threatened, or protected species.

 

 

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Variety

Yellow Squat Lobster

Cervimunida johni

Method

Wild

Bottom trawl

Location

Chile

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Chile squat lobsters and nylon shrimp modified Trawl

Summary

MSC Principle 2 score is not ≥ 84.5.

Fishery has open conditions regarding endangered, threatened, or protected species.

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Variety

Red Squat Lobster

Pleuroncodes monodon

Method

Wild

Bottom trawl

Location

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Chile squat lobsters demersal trawl Camanchaca Fishery

Summary

MSC Principle 2 score is not ≥ 84.5

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Variety

Spiny lobster

Panulirus interruptus

Method

Wild

Trap

Location

Baja California

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Mexico Baja California red rock lobster

Summary

MSC Principle 2 score is not ≥ 84.5.

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Variety

Red Squat Lobster

Pleuroncodes monodon

Method

Wild

Bottom trawl

Location

Chile

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Chile squat lobsters and nylon shrimp modified Trawl

Summary

MSC Principle 2 score is not ≥ 84.5.

Fishery has open conditions regarding endangered, threatened, or protected species.

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