About Our Lobsters
Here at the Lobster Trap, we are headquartered on Cape Cod with additional facilities in Machiasport and Steuben, Maine. We are a proud member of the Maine Lobster Institute, National Fisheries Institute, and is a supporter of the U.S. Coast Guard Fisheries Training Center.
The Lobster Trap has been in business since 1972 and is proud to be the second-largest wholesaler of Maine lobster in the world. Our lobsters are shipped live from our headquarters on Cape Cod, with three additional facilities located in Machiasport, Addison, and Steuben, Maine.
We began as a retail fish shanty selling sea scallops, swordfish, and lobsters. Today, each of our operating locations has over 100,000 open water holding tanks, lobster pounds, and dedicated teams. Our high-volume operation has allowed us to achieve an international reach.
The Lobster Trap is not only HACCP-approved and federally inspected, but also a TSA-approved certified cargo screening facility. With these certifications, we're able to ship products across the globe safely and in a timely manner.
Fast Moving Inventory Guarantees Fresh Lobster
As fishing seasons and weather permit, lobster comes in from both the length of New England's coastline and Canadian waters. Lobster Trap operates numerous storage facilities throughout Canada, providing holding capacities in excess of 1.5-2 million pounds annually, making orders of any size possible..
Logan Clarke founded The Lobster Trap in 1972 after graduating college. He originally planned to become a teacher before finding his passion elsewhere. He began selling fish as well as buoys, traps, and other supplies on a seasonal basis. Eventually, The Lobster Trap started selling its products wholesale. Logan would work seven days a week, making trips to New Bedford to buy fish and driving to Maine one night per week for lobsters. As a testament to his dedication, Logan would even work one 24-hour day each week!
Angelos, owner of famous New England chains like Shaw’s and Stop & Shop, was The Lobster Trap’s first customer. A few years later, we received an exciting opportunity to sell our products in Europe. Shipping lobsters by plane initially proved challenging, but over time we developed leak-proof packaging. Our insulated boxes quickly made shipping fresh products simple, easy, and clean.
Over the years, we’ve continued building relationships to grow the company in new markets, including China. Today, The Lobster Trap ships wholesale orders all over the globe.
Open Ocean Tanks & Pounds:
- Broad reaching hand: 300,000 lb. storage
- 86,000 lb. HQ
- 3 Tidepound (Ocean)
- Steuben: 50,000 lb. tanks
- Machiasport: 50,000 lb.
Collaborations & Partnerships:
- Massachusetts Lobstermen's Association
- U.S. Regional Fisheries
- Maine Lobster Dealers’ Association
- Maine Lobster Marketing Association
- Canadian Lobster Fishery Conservation Code of Conduct
- U.S. Lobster Fishery Conservation Code of Conduct