Marine Scotland: retain and report American lobster

14 October 2020

Marine Scotland: retain and report American lobster
A campaign has launched to help raise awareness of American lobster (Homarus americanus).

The animals are considered as an invasive non-native species as they are not indigenous to Scotland and they pose a threat to the native wildlife.

Every year Marine Scotland and other UK administrations receive a small number of reports of American lobster being caught in UK waters. These animals cannot cross the Atlantic naturally and therefore have appeared because people have released them, either deliberately or accidentally.

Marine Scotland is calling on people to report any American lobsters caught in our waters to have a true picture of where the animals are, in what quantities and if they are breeding.

Read more on the Marine Scotland blog (external link), or visit the American lobster prevention page for information on the campaign in England and Scotland.

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