A true family business with roots going back to 1945.

Owner Bret Taylor grew up in a lobstering family and spent high school and college summers lobstering with his own boat and traps. After several years working in financial services just outside of New York City, Bret returned home to his coastal Maine roots. Drawn back by his fishing heritage and inspired by his family’s tradition of lobstering, Bret founded Taylor Lobster Company in 2003 to provide customers with the highest quality seafood available.



Today, Bret oversees operations of Taylor Lobster Company along with his sister Samantha, who manages the retail store. Their mother, Janet helps with bookkeeping and their father, Steve still lobsters on a daily basis, year-round from his dock on Badger’s Island in Kittery, Maine.


The Taylor family tradition of lobstering dates back to 1945 when Bret’s grandfather, Sam LaCava, started a wholesale and retail lobster business in the south-end neighborhood of Portsmouth, NH called Dan LaCava & Sons Lobster. Sam operated the business for over 35 years, tending his own lobster traps and providing fresh lobsters to seafood lovers in Portsmouth and beyond. Until his retirement in 1981, Sam distributed the local catch to restaurants and grocery chains throughout the northeast.

LaCava Lobster Company’s second location at the present site of the Dinnerhorn-Bratskellar restaurant in Portsmouth. Circa 1954.

Sam and Bret weigh up some feisty ones destined for New York.