Supporting Massachusetts agriculture is a fundamental component of Commonwealth Quality. That’s why Commonwealth Quality certified lobsters must be 100% harvested from state waters in order to be eligible for the program.

Lobster is the number one dollar-valued marine resource within Commonwealth waters, and the Massachusetts fishing industry depends upon it to thrive; however, our state has seen a decrease in active harvesters over recent years, despite an abundance of this natural resource. The simple fact is many local lobstermen are unable to maintain operations due to the increased cost of doing business in today’s economy.

Supporting local lobstermen is important to maintaining a healthy fishing industry in Massachusetts, but knowing where to find locally sourced lobster can be difficult. Luckily, Commonwealth Quality provides a simple solution! Look for our seal on fresh, Massachusetts lobsters at roadside stands, farmers’ markets and grocers near you. If it’s Commonwealth Quality, you know it was fished from state waters by our own hardworking Massachusetts lobstermen.