Normandy and Jersey lobster
Certified as sustainable in June 2011.
Species: European lobster (Homarus gammarus)
Location: North and West Cotentin (Basse Normandie, France), Jersey (UK Crown Dependency) and Granville Bay (shared fishery between Basse Normandie and Jersey).
Fishing methods: Pots
Number of fisheries: 1
More about lobster
The European lobster is abundant around the coast of Western Europe from Norway to North Africa, although it is most abundant around the coasts of the North Sea, the UK and northern France. The species is abundant in many areas where there is a lot of suitable habitat such as rocky reefs – as in the
Granville Bay area.
More about the fishing methods
The vessels fish for lobster using two types of pots: i) inkwell pots / casiers classiques and ii) parlour pots / casiers pièges. The inkwell pots are a simple round or square pot with an opening at the top from which lobster may enter and exit at will. The parlour pots are rectangular with two chambers, and trap the lobster inside.
Between 270 – 290 tonnes annually.
The main commercial market for the lobster is France Spain and Italy to a lesser extent.
Actual eligibility date
14th June 2011.