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Maine Sustainability

Maine’s Lobster Industry

Cousins Maine Lobster is primarily sourced from these areas within the Gulf of Maine: The Downeast waters in the most easterly part of the United States, the Mid Coast which encompasses the area from Bath heading East-North-East to Camden, and in Penobscot Bay near Vinalhaven.

Sustainable lobstering practices have been in place in Maine for well over a century. The Maine lobster industry is the only certified sustainable fishery in the world. Legally harvested lobsters have a carapace (hard shell from eye to beginning of tail) of at least 3.25″ but no longer than 5″, protecting juvenile lobsters until maturity while allowing the large, healthy specimens to breed.

There are 5,900 legally registered lobstermen and women in Maine. Each license grants the harvester to fish up to 800 traps. With literally millions of buoys off the coast of Maine, the industry supports thousands of jobs on shore, not just the people hauling traps.

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