WE ARE PROUD TO SOURCE OUR SEAFOOD DIRECTLY FROM FISHERMEN WE KNOW AND TRUST, AND TO BE ABLE TO TRACE EVERY STEP OF ITS JOURNEY, FROM THE FISHERMAN, TO YOU.
SKIMMING THE SURFACE: A GUIDE TO OUR SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD PRACTICES
Lobstermen throw back female lobsters bearing eggs, and put a v-shaped notch in the lobster’s tail. If that lobster is ever caught again without eggs, it cannot be kept, as it is marked as a fertile breeder.
Lobster traps are required to have juvenile vents, so small lobsters can come and go to get their free lunch without risking becoming lunch themselves at the hands (claws) of a larger lobster.
In Maine, there’s a limited number of lobstering licenses given out to prevent overfishing, as well as a limited number of traps that are allowed to be set.
Jonah crab may only be caught by fishermen who already hold lobster licenses or were already fishing for Jonah prior to 2015; no new licensees may start fishing.
No more than 200 crabs per day or 500 crabs per multi-day trip can be caught incidentally through other fishing methods.
Trawling nets used to catch shrimp have a minimum mesh size of 40mm, which prevents juvenile shrimp from being caught, giving them time to mature and reproduce.
Shrimp fishermen must use a sorting grate to ensure that they are not catching other species unintentionally.
Sea clams are harvested by hydraulic dredging, which has no significant effect on the seafloor ecosystem.
No clam smaller than 4.75 inches wide can be caught to ensure that juveniles have the chance to reproduce.