Last updated on 29 December 2016

SUMMARY

SUMMARY

IDENTIFICATION

SCIENTIFIC NAME(s)

Homarus americanus

SPECIES NAME(s)

American lobster

COMMON NAMES

Atlantic Lobster, Maine Lobster

This fishery was recertified by the Marine Stewardship Council system in June 2015.To learn more about the fishery and its MSC certification unit click here.


ANALYSIS

No related analysis

FISHSOURCE SCORES

Management Quality:

Management Strategy:

≥ 6

Managers Compliance:

10

Fishers Compliance:

≥ 6

Stock Health:

Current
Health:

≥ 6

Future Health:

≥ 6


RECOMMENDATIONS

RETAILERS & SUPPLY CHAIN
  • Monitor the performance of the fishery and its management to ensure the fishery continues to be eligible for condition-free MSC re-certification.

FIPS

No related FIPs

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Eastern Canada offshore lobster:

    MSC Recertified

Fisheries

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ASSESSMENT UNIT MANAGEMENT UNIT FLAG COUNTRY FISHING GEAR
Georges Bank and Off-Shore Nova Scotia Canada LFA 41 Canada Pots
Traps
US Atlantic United States Pots

Analysis

OVERVIEW

RECOMMENDATIONS
Canada LFA 41
Canada
Pots

Last updated on 30 October 2018

Recommendations to Retailers & Supply Chain
  • Monitor the performance of the fishery and its management to ensure the fishery continues to be eligible for condition-free MSC re-certification.

1.STOCK STATUS

2.MANAGEMENT QUALITY

3.ENVIRONMENT AND BIODIVERSITY

FishSource Scores

Last updated on 29 December 2016

MANAGEMENT QUALITY

As calculated for 2008 data.

The score is ≥ 6.

Managed by size limits, trap limits and quotas. Managers have clear goals.(DFO, 2009 & Bannister et al. 2010)

As calculated for 2008 data.

The score is 10.0.

This measures the Set TAC as a percentage of the Advised TAC.

The Set TAC is 0.720 ('000 t). The Advised TAC is 0.720 ('000 t) .

The underlying Set TAC/Advised TAC for this index is 100%.

As calculated for 2008 data.

The score is ≥ 6.

Harvest has been within quotas and illegal fishing is thought to be unknown. Some aboriginal/subsistence fishing occurs, but while not well reported, is thought to be minimal (Bannister et al. 2010).

STOCK HEALTH:

As calculated for 2008 data.

The score is ≥ 6.

Biomass increasing as measured by surveys. No major changes in size structure (DFO, 2009)

As calculated for 2008 data.

The score is ≥ 6.

Exploitation assumed to be low given high CPUE and low effort(DFO, 2009 & Bannister et al. 2010)

No data available for biomass
No data available for biomass
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No data available for fishing mortality
No data available for fishing mortality
No data available for recruitment
No data available for recruitment
To see data for management quality, please view this site on a desktop.
To see data for stock status, please view this site on a desktop.
DATA NOTES
Canada LFA 41
Canada
Pots

Last updated on 24 October 2016

NotesNo analytical assessment available. Fishery managed using multiple indicators including surveys, Catch per unit Effort, and size structure of the individual caught (DFO, 2009 & Bannister et al. 2010)

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Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs)

No related FIPs

Certifications

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)

SELECT MSC

NAME

Eastern Canada offshore lobster

STATUS

MSC Recertified on 2 June 2010

SCORES

Principle Level Scores:

Principle Score
Principle 1 – Target Species 90.0
Principle 2 - Ecosystem 87.3
Principle 3 – Management System 92.6

2015-06-30 17:22:46 - SFP changed status from MSC Certified to MSC Recertified 2011-01-03 07:22:35 - SFP changed status from Unknown to MSC Certified 2011-01-03 07:21:50 - SFP created MSC Assessment Sheet

Certification Type: Gold

Sources

Credits
  1. Addison, J., Powles, H., Angel, J., Park, A. 2012. Second Annual Surveillance Report: Eastern Canada Offshore Lobster (Homarus americanus). Intertek Moody Marine, June 2012. 29pphttp://www.msc.org/track-a-fishery/fisheries-in-the-program/certified/north-west-atlantic/Eastern-Canada-offshore-lobster/assessment-downloads-1/20120625_SR.pdf
  2. Bannister, C. Powles, H. Angel, J. Knapman, P. 2010. Eastern Canada Offshore Lobster Fishery. Moody Marine LTD.http://www.msc.org/track-a-fishery/certified/north-west-atlantic/Eastern-Canada-offshore-lobster/assessment-downloads-1/13.01.2010-eastern-canada-lobster-pcdr.pdf
  3. Blyth-Skyrme, R., Addison, J., 2014. Fourth Annual Surveillance Report - Clearwater Seafoods Limited Partnership. Eastern Canada Offshore Lobster (Homarus americanus) Fishery. Intertek Fisheries Certification Ltd, July 2014. 31pphttp://www.msc.org/track-a-fishery/fisheries-in-the-program/certified/north-west-atlantic/Eastern-Canada-offshore-lobster/assessment-downloads-1/20140722_SR_LOB39.pdf
  4. Blyth-Skyrme, R., Addison, j., Angel, J., 2015. Eastern Canada Offshore Lobster Fishery V.5 – Public Certification Report. Intertek Fisheries Certification (IFC). June 2015. 197pphttps://www.msc.org/track-a-fishery/fisheries-in-the-program/certified/north-west-atlantic/Eastern-Canada-offshore-lobster/re-assessment-downloads/20150630_PCR_LOB39.pdf
  5. Blyth-Skyrme, R., Addison, j., Angel, J., 2015. Eastern Canada Offshore Lobster Fishery V.5 – Public Certification Report. Intertek Fisheries Certification (IFC). June 2015. 197pphttps://www.msc.org/track-a-fishery/fisheries-in-the-program/certified/north-west-atlantic/Eastern-Canada-offshore-lobster/re-assessment-downloads/20150630_PCR_LOB39.pdf
  6. DFO. 2009. Assessment of Lobster in Lobster Fishing Area 41 (4X + 5Zc). DFO Can. Sci. Advis. Sec. Sci. Advis. Rep. 2009/033http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/CSAS/Csas/Publications/SAR-AS/2009/2009_033_e.pdf
  7. Powles, H., Bannister, C., Knapman, P. 2013.Third Annual Surveillance Report Clearwater Seafoods Limited Partnership:Eastern Canada Offshore Lobster (Homarus americanus) Fishery. Intertek Moody Marine, June 2013. 26pphttp://www.msc.org/track-a-fishery/fisheries-in-the-program/certified/north-west-atlantic/Eastern-Canada-offshore-lobster/assessment-downloads-1/20130702_SR_LOB39.pdf
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