Licensing agreement enables dealers to sell MSC-certified Maine lobster

RICHMOND, ME – The Fund for the Advancement of Sustainable Lobster, the industry group that pursued and obtained Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification for Maine lobster earlier this year, is now offering all dealers and processors in the state the opportunity to display the MSC ecolabel on their Maine lobster products.

Under the MSC certification process, the fund is considered the “client group,” the first link in the “chain of custody” the MSC uses to assure buyers further down the chain, as well as end-of-the-line consumers, that lobsters carrying the label are indeed MSC-certified Maine lobsters.

page-29-logo_label_mscOn Oct. 8, the fund announced it was offering a licensing agreement that will allow other businesses to become licensees and display the MSC label.

“All Maine lobster is eligible to be MSC certified,” explained fund organizer John Hathaway of Shucks Maine Lobster.  “But what brings it into the chain of custody is when someone licensed by the client buys the lobster from the lobsterman.  The critical thing is that first point of sale.”

Hathaway added that the MSC certification doesn’t require anything of Maine-licensed lobstermen – no additional paperwork and no fees…


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