At Luke's Lobster, we work to preserve and strengthen our coastal communities for the future, to ensure we can keep bringing you the world's best-tasting seafood.
Committed to keeping the coasts healthy for generations to come
“Keepers,” or Maine lobsters that meet certain size requirements and are allowed to become your dinner, are the backbone of a sustainable approach to fishery management that has kept Maine’s lobster population healthy and growing since it was implemented over 40 years ago.
But today, a confluence of environmental and economic factors is threatening the future of our ocean and the fishermen whose livelihoods depend on it. Too often, environmentalists butt heads with fishermen, farmers, and food producers rather than working hand in hand to find mutual wins for the environment and the economy. At Luke’s Lobster, we believe sustainability means taking care of our oceans and our fishing communities, together preserving our natural resources so that future generations can benefit while ecosystems thrive. We started The Keeper Fund in collaboration with The Ocean Foundation with a mission to:
Keep our coastal waterways healthy
Strengthen economic opportunities for fishing communities
Each year, The Keeper Fund will make grants, as well as in-kind donations of food, time and resources, to projects that find win-wins for coastal communities and the environment. Examples of work that the fund may support include:
- Coastal cleanups and data collection to address plastics pollution in our waters
- Research projects on reversing the trend of ocean acidification and climate change
- 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
In 2019, we have partnered with Allagash - a Maine brewery committed to sustainability - to jointly donate $1 to The Keeper Fund for every Allagash White sold at Luke's, up to $10,000 to further the impact we can make this year. So drink up (responsibly of course)!
Our Impact - Select Projects
Funds donated, 2018 to date: $18,123
In November 2018, Luke's provided a grant to the Island Institute to continue important research on kelp's ability to remediate ocean acidification. 15,950 feet of sugar kelp was seeded at a new kelp aquaculture farm off of Southport Island in Maine, where the funds provided by Luke's will go towards the measurement and collection of data related to the kelp's ability to improve water chemistry.
Check back here for periodic updates and results after the kelp is harvested in June 2019!Learn More About The Project
In 2018, we removed over 10,400 pounds of trash from the shoreline in collaboration with our partners at United by Blue. We continue to partner with UBB on clean ups in different cities across the US.Get Involved in a Clean Up
What the Coasts Mean to Us
We started this business in 2009 to bring fresh-off-the-dock lobster rolls to seafood lovers everywhere. Since then we've cut out the middleman and opened our 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.
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.
Tenants Harbor Fisherman's Co-op
In 2016, Luke's helped found the Tenants Harbor Fisherman's Co-op, which is the only fishermen’s Co-op in Maine to have a representative of a restaurant group and a seafood company on its board. As part of this partnership, Luke's Lobster purchases 100% of the Co-op's catch to be served in Luke's shacks across the country. Furthermore, fifty percent of profits from the Luke's at Tenants Harbor restaurant go to the fishermen’s co-op that operates at the adjacent wharf.
The Tenants Harbor Fisherman’s Co-op is comprised of more than 20 members, including student members. Lobsters caught by the Co-op are caught from all over Penobscot Bay, reflective of the different territory each member fishes. Fishing grounds include the waters off Matinicus Island and Green Island.