Lobster Fishing: A Deeper Look

At Red Lobster, we’re committed to serving the tastiest, sweetest lobster — and to protecting this resource for future generations to enjoy. From boat to ocean floor, see all that goes into creating a healthy environment for Maine lobsters and the wildlife that surrounds them.

Maine lobstermen have fished the same way for over 125 years — only making changes to equipment and techniques for sustainability purposes.

Tricked Out Traps

Lobster traps are equipped with escape vents, which allow undersized lobsters to get out before the trap is reeled in. They also have biodegradable escape hatches, which dissolve over time, freeing lobsters stuck in lost traps.

Near the coast of Maine, lobster fishing can only be done using traps – no dragging or diving is allowed.

Sinking Rope, Saving Lives

Lobstermen are replacing their traditional floating rope with sinking rope to prevent marine life — especially whales — from getting entangled in the ropes used for connecting traps.

The largest North American lobster on record weighed 44 pounds, caught by fishermen off the coast of Nova Scotia.

Lobster Rules

Lobstermen measure each lobster to ensure it falls within the minimum and maximum size limit. If a lobster’s torso is smaller than 3¼”, it’s released to mature and reproduce. If a lobster’s torso is larger than 5”, it’s thrown back to revive the healthy breeding stock.

Lobster’s predators include teleost fish, sharks, rays, octopuses, and crabs.

“V” Marks the Spot

If a female lobster is caught carrying eggs, the Lobsterman notches a “V” on her tail to protect her, and releases her back into the wild.

Red Lobster is proud to have supported lobster sustainability efforts for over 40 years.

A Lobster Fishing Video

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Meet the McLennans

A lobstering family from Maine

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