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Lobster, Caribbean Spiny

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Lobster Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Lobster Marine Stewardship Council Certified Wild
Lobster, American Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Maine Lobster U.S. Gulf of Maine, U.S. Georges Bank Pot, Trap
Lobster, American Avoid: Avoid these products for now. These fish come from sources that are overfished or fished or farmed in ways that harm the environment. Maine Lobster U.S. Southern New England Pot, Trap
Lobster, California Spiny Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. California, Rock, Spiny California Traps
Lobster, California Spiny Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. California, Rock & Spiny Lobster Mexico Traps
Lobster, Caribbean Spiny Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Caribbean Spiny, Red & Warmwater Lobster Mexico Diver-caught
Lobster, Caribbean Spiny Avoid: Avoid these products for now. These fish come from sources that are overfished or fished or farmed in ways that harm the environment. Florida, Rock, Spiny & West Indian Spiny Lobster, West Indian Langouste Belize, Brazil, Honduras, Nicaragua Diver-caught, Traps
Lobster, Caribbean Spiny Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Caribbean Spiny, Red & Warmwater Lobster Bahamas Diver-caught, Traps
Lobster, Caribbean Spiny Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Caribbean Spiny, Red & Warmwater Lobster Florida Traps


Carribean Spiny Lobster, Diver-caught & Traps, Bahamas

Spiny lobsters from the Bahamas are considered a "Good Alternative" as they are caught from a stable population using selective fishing methods. However there are concerns over fishery management specifically regulation enforcement and monitoring of catch.

Consumer Note

Spiny lobsters from the Bahamas represent approximately 13% of the US market for spiny lobsters. The majority of lobsters caught in the Bahamas are exported, mainly to the U.S., with small amounts entering local markets, particularly restaurants.

Spiny lobsters are caught using traps and casitas (shelters), both of which are highly selective gears, although there is moderate concern over the impact on the ecosystem due to the vulnerable nature of the habitats being fished.


Summary

Spiny lobsters from the Bahamas come from a stable population fished with highly selective fishing methods. There are concerns over the management of the fishery, particularly the monitoring of the catch and enforcement of regulations; however it is better than the management systems in place in other Caribbean fisheries (which are of critical concern). There are high levels of unrecorded catches in the Bahamas which is a cause for concern, but it should be noted that these landings are legal and that they go unrecorded as only exported lobsters are monitored.

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