Lobster, the king of the Crustacean family, is enjoyed around the world.
The most popular variety in the United States is the Maine lobster, or American lobster which is found off the Atlantic coast of the northern United States and Canada. Spiny lobsters – also known as rock lobsters -are found in the waters off Florida, Southern California, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
Because spiny lobsters have no claws, the edible portion of this lobster is its tail.
ECO-TIP: Ocean’s Alive lists California spiny lobster and the U.S. Carribean Spiny Lobster as “Eco-Best”; Maine Lobster is rated as “Eco-OK”
Selecting and Storing Lobster
Fresh lobsters are available year-round. Make certain that lobster is alive when you buy it; bacteria form quickly in a dead lobster. A good test is to pick the lobster up - if the tail curls it's alive. Prepare the lobster the same day you purchase it. Whole lobsters and chunk lobster meat are also sold canned or flash frozen.