This product is available during these seasons:
California lobster season starts the first Wednesday in October and runs until mid-March.
Our California spiny lobsters (Panulirus interruptus) average 1.25 pounds. They are caught in traps off the coast of Southern and Baja California by experienced and reputable lobster fishermen. The traps produce minimal habitat impacts and bycatch, most of which is released alive. Both Mexico and California fisheries represent a “Best Choice” for consumers looking for a sustainable source of lobster.
Please note that we do not guarantee live lobsters will be alive upon delivery. We purchase fresh, live lobster from local fishermen. Once received in our plant in San Diego, the lobsters are kept alive in our large cold water tanks until they are shipped to you. We package this live seafood product with care, keeping it cold in insulated boxes and shipping it overnight with FedEx. Should your lobster appear to have died in transit, we advise you to cook it the same day you receive it. If your lobster is alive upon receipt, it will keep in the refrigerator for one more day. To tell the difference between a dead lobster or simply a sluggish lobster after being shipped, gently touch the lobster’s eye and see if it moves.
California spiny lobsters are found in the eastern Pacific Ocean from Monterey Bay, California to the Gulf of Tehuantepec, Mexico. In common with all spiny lobsters, the California species has two large, spiny antennae, but no large claws on its legs. Although spiny lobsters lack front claws, pound for pound they tend to have more meat in their bodies than New England lobsters. Their ample tail meat is also denser and sweeter than their East Coast counterparts, yet still delicate in texture. As a result, these crustaceans are highly sought after around the globe.