A Bourne lobster company says it made a mistake in shipping lobsters to New York that were legal in Massachusetts but undersized in the Empire State.

Last week, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation officers seized more than 1,100 pounds of lobster from Price Chopper stores and a regional distribution center because they were an eighth of an inch under the legal size, as measured from the eye socket to the end of the body shell.

In a statement issued Friday, Lobster Trap Wholesale Seafood Dealers, which has a wholesale distribution center in Bourne, admitted it was entirely at fault for the mistake.

“It was human error,” said David Madden, sales manager and co-owner of the Lobster Trap. “The lobsters were legal (in Massachusetts.)”

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