5 facts about lobster you probably didn’t know

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5 facts about lobster you probably didn’t know

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At CSF, we have a passion for lobsters and sustainability. We work around the clock, keeping our lobsters happy and healthy all year long at our fishery in the British Virgin Islands (BVI). While we know a lot about our lobsters, we realized that our readers may be in the dark, so we wanted to share some facts that are important to us. 

1. Baby lobsters have an exceptionally high mortality rate

Baby lobsters (puereli) have a morality rate of 99%. In the wild, less than 1 in 100 lobsters survive their first year and only 1 in 1000 benthic phase lobsters (baby lobsters but old enough to have a hard shell) make it to adulthood.

2. Lobsters can be successfully raised on land

Our approach at CSF is taking these baby lobsters that wouldn’t naturally survive and raising them on land. Harvesting lobster larvae also has zero impact on the natural population and is a “biologically neutral” practice.

3. Conventional lobster farming destroys the natural population

Conventional farming practices target adult lobsters as the main resource. They take adult lobsters out of the ocean and breed them on farms. Removing the lobsters that have survived and can breed is simply not sustainable to keep the ocean population going.

Also, almost all fisheries are regulated by catch size limits. Ideally, this ensures that each animal grows to adulthood and has the chance to breed once before getting caught.

However, this approach is inadequate because there is a danger that this practice will drive natural selection for lobsters to become smaller. Research suggests this can happen in a short period of time. 

4. The numbers are stark

Due to overfishing, lobster numbers are rapidly declining. This isn’t because of local fishers, but because of large, foreign trawlers that catch everything in their path. 

5. Lobster fishing is a way of life for many coastal communities

Lobster fishing is a sustainable way of life for many coastal communities, such as in the BVI. Families have practiced this for generations. When lobster populations are low, local fishers can’t support their families, young people move away to find work, and traditional culture evaporates.

This is why our aim at CSF is to supplement the lobster population and work together to create strong economies.

Are you interested in sustainable lobster farming? Learn more about the work we do at Caribbean Sustainable Fisheries here.


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