By Sandy Zimmerman
Photos by Sandy Zimmerman
Dine on Maine Lobster, Crab and Shrimp every day, Luke’s Lobster is awaiting your request.
The Lobster Roll seems so casual yet the lobster overflows over the roll and the rich taste of Maine
lobster is memorable.
Have you ever tasted a grilled Crab with Gruyere Cheese sandwich? Watch
as the man fills the sandwich with a lot of cheese then adds all of the crab.
Lobster Sustainability is an important factor today and Maine reflects stringent requirements:
Maine has both minimum and maximum size restrictions for lobsters
that can be caught. The size is determined by measuring the length of the carapace, the shell that covers
the main body. Shorter than 3.5 inches and the lobster is too small; longer than 5 inches and the lobster
Undersized lobsters are thrown back because they haven’t had a chance to reproduce yet; oversized
lobster are thrown back because they can produce exponentially more eggs than smaller lobsters,
meaning they contribute more to the population.
Lobster men throwback female lobsters bearing eggs, and put a notch in the lobsters’ tails. Then, if
that lobster is ever caught again without eggs, it still cannot be kept, as it is marked as a fertile breeder.
Lobster traps are required to have juvenile vents, so small lobsters can escape and not risk being
killed by larger lobsters in the trap. Lobster men are limited to a maximum of 800 lobster traps per commercial fisherman. Their crab requirements seem to match the lobster’s list:
Jonah crab may only be caught by fishermen who already hold lobster licenses or were already fishing
for Jonah prior to 2015; no new licensees may start fishing. No crabs under a shell width of
4.75 inches may be caught and kept, ensuring that juvenile crabs have a
chance to reproduce before being caught.
Fishermen must throw back all egg-bearing females, ensuring that fertile crabs are kept in the population. Crab traps are required to have juvenile vents, so small crabs can escape and not risk being eaten by larger crabs or lobsters in the trap.
Only whole crabs may be caught and kept, fishermen cannot pull of claws and throw the remainder
back. No more than 200 crabs per day or 500 crabs per multi-day trip can be caught incidentally through other fishing methods.
Luke’s Lobster is located on the Las Vegas Boulevard side of the Fashion Show Mall, 3200 Las Vegas
Blvd., Suite #805. Free or valet parking. For information, (702)-866-6602. Open: Sunday-Thursday: 10 am to 9 pm; Friday-Saturday: 10 am to 10 pm.
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