03/10/2013 01:03 EST | Updated 05/10/2013 05:12 EDT

Marine Stewardship Council certifies Maine lobster fishery as sustainable

PORTLAND, Maine - An international organization that certifies fisheries as being sustainably run has given its seal of approval to the Maine lobster fishery.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage announced Sunday that the London-based Marine Stewardship Council has designated the fishery as meeting its standards for responsible fishing practices. The announcement was made at the annual International Boston Seafood Show.

Shucks Maine Lobster President John Hathaway says the designation allows the industry to market itself as sustainably run and differentiate itself from the Canadian lobster fishery. Fisheries that make the cut can use the MSC's ecolabel, a seal that assures consumers that the seafood was not overfished or harvested in a way that harms the ocean.

The Marine Stewardship Council has certified nearly 200 fisheries.