A new report from an environmental watch group could have a huge impact on restaurants in Western New York keeping lobster on their menu.  But, even if lobster does get pulled from the menu, a boil from one of these 4 spots can satisfy some of your seafood cravings. Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch updated lobster rankings in September 2022. American lobster has moved from a 'good alternative' rating to an 'avoid rating'. The group recommends the change due to the threat lobster trapping poses to whales.

While the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch does not have regulatory or legislative powers, it has influence. Its reach could cause many restaurants, stores, meal prep services, and chefs to remove lobster or severely limit lobster on their menus and in their dishes.

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American lobster caught in Canada with pots has been downgraded to an Avoid due to red Other Species and Management ratings. This fishery poses a risk to overfished or at-risk species, including endangered North Atlantic right whales.


Try This Seafood Dish Instead Of Lobster

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If you start to find it challenging to get lobster from your favorite digs, you might want to try a seafood boil. I'm not saying it's the same as lobster, but it can help satisfy your seafood cravings if lobster isn't an option. Several spots in WNY have great ratings and offer seafood boils.

1. The Crabman - 4.1 Stars
341 Franklin St, Buffalo, NY 14202

The Crabman has a variety of seafood boils to fit your needs, including lobster (which may get pulled), snow crab, shrimp, and clams. You can check out the full menu here.

2. Storming Crab - 4.3 Stars
4125 Maple Rd, Buffalo, NY 14226

The Storming Crab offers half and full-pound boils. You can choose from clams, crawfish, scallops, mussels, shrimp, and crabs which come with potatoes and corn. The dinner combos include sausage. You can find the full menu here.

3. Lee's Seafood Boil-Buffalo - 4 Stars
3300 Sheridan Drive, Amherst, NY 14226

Lee's offers a variety of half-pound combos with choices including shrimp, crawfish, fried calamari, king crab, and sausage. Check out the menu here.

4. Bailey Seafood - 4.1 Stars
3316 Bailey Ave, Buffalo, NY 14215

Baile 5 seafood boils to choose from, including a custom boil. It is a takeout joint, so don't expect sit-down dining. Get the full menu here.

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