Industry Seeks Eco-Label for Maine Lobster

The Maine lobster industry is currently seeking certification as a sustainable fishery so it can tap into a
growing movement by big seafood buyers to purchase only sustainable
seafood. Ranked by many sustainable seafood programs as a 'good alternative' because of uncertainties about the status of the lobster
population.  If the lobster industry is going to be labeled sustainable, it's important to consider any bycatch impacts.  In the case of lobster, the gear involved is considered by many to be the number one cause of entanglements involving large whales.

Speaking of sustainable seafood, next time you find yourself confused about what's the best seafood choice for dinner, try sending a text message to the Blue Ocean Institute fish phoneTo find out about your seafood choice, all you have to do is send them a text with the message FISH and the name of the fish in question. A minute or two later you'll get a text you back with their assessment and better alternatives to fish with significant environmental concerns. Check it out at http://www.fishphone.org/

For more information on sustainable seafood, check out the Seafood Watch program at the Monterey Bay Aquarium or the Choice Catch program at the New England Aquarium.

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