Luke's Lobster
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Our natural waters are a key source of food, livelihood and beauty for people all over the world. Luke's Lobster has partnered with The Ocean Foundation to make a long-term commitment to the coasts. Through the partnership, activities will be funded that:
 

  • Keep our coastal waterways healthy 
  • Strengthen economic opportunities for fishing communities
     

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Luke's Lobster works directly with fishermen to get the best quality lobster and pay them an above market rate for their catch. Seen here: Brett Haney & Gerry Cushman, on The Bug Catcha of Port Clyde Fisherman's Co-op


What do our coasts mean to Luke's Lobster?
Luke's Lobster was founded in 2009 to bring fresh-off-the-dock lobster rolls to seafood lovers everywhere. Since then they've cut out the middleman and opened their own seafood company, have formed industry-changing partnerships such as the Tenants Harbor Fisherman's Co-op and the Jonah Crab Fishery Improvement Project, and today work directly with fishermen to get the best quality lobster and pay them an above market rate for their catch. 

"From our fishermen to our teammates, we are wholly dependent on the health of the oceans and economic viability of the lobstering industry. As we look to the future, we remain committed to our coastal communities: the people and towns where our seafood comes from, and the waterways in and around the cities we call home." - Luke Holden, Luke's Lobster CEO

 

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Luke Holden - Luke's Lobster CEO, measuring lobster caught in trap


Luke's Commitment
In 2018, Luke's Lobster will invest at least $35,000 to preserve ocean health and keep fishing communities strong. Together, we will identify, provide funding, in-kind support and industry expertise to support projects such as:

  • Coastal cleanups and data collection to address plastics pollution in our waters
  • Research projects on the impacts and reversing the trend of ocean acidification
  • Wharf improvement projects that increase quality of the catch
  • Training and assistance to lobstermen looking to diversify incomes through aquaculture
  • Educational events and programs focused on the value of choosing to eat sustainably-fished seafood

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Madeline Carey & Scarlett Miller, baiting traps in Tenants Harbor, ME, where Luke's Lobster helped co-found the Tenants Harbor Fisherman's Co-op


B Corp - Using Business as a Force for Good
Luke's Lobster is a certified B Corporation, a new type of corporation that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B corporations must meet extensive and transparent performance standards or environmental and social responsibility, transparency and accountability. 

From day one with only one small restaurant in New York’s East Village to now 28 restaurants and growing, a seafood company, and a fisherman’s co-op, we have always placed sustainability, transparency, social responsibility, and taking care of our people as core values.  B Corp validates our mission, and a restaurant's ability, to create positive change, not just to make a profit.

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Luke's Lobster founders Luke Holden (left) and Ben Conniff


Stay tuned for updates on our partnership, events, and our conservation activities. For more information on Luke's Lobster, head to lukeslobster.com/cause.

Photo Credits: Luke's Lobster