Although this species is not endangered, conservation efforts have been implemented to preserve lobster populations from overfishing. Laws regulate the size of lobsters taken, which increases the number of females reaching sexual maturity and reproducing before being harvested. Other regulations include limiting the number of traps set, limits on lobstering licenses, and times of the year when lobsters are harvested. Another volunteer program implemented is cutting a "V" notch in the tail when a female carrying eggs is trapped. She is returned to the sea and if caught again is not supposed to be harvested since she is a known egg producer.
US Federal List: no special status
CITES: no special status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: no special status
- Romanowsky, K. 2000b. "The American Lobster: Conservation and Preservation" (On-line). Accessed May 7, 2003 at http://www.parl.ns.ca/lobster/conservation.htm.