National Lobster Hatchery

National Lobster Hatchery

The National Lobster Hatchery is a pioneering marine conservation, research and education charity. Their primary aim is to help conserve the vulnerable lobster populations and preserve coastal marine biodiversity.

In doing they will be safeguarding the livelihoods of small coastal communities and preserve our rich coastal heritage. Fisheries around the world are suffering from major over-exploitation. The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations state that over 75% of the world’s major fisheries are either: fully exploited, over-exploited, depleted or recovering.

It is clear that additional measures are required in order to improve the way we treat our living marine resources and this is why their work is so important. Lobster stocks themselves are incredibly vulnerable and both the Scandinavian and Mediterranean stocks have completely collapsed and not recovered to this day.

They are best known for their lobster stock enhancement program where they grow  baby lobsters from egg through their most vulnerable stage of their life cycle and release them back into the wild around Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, with the help of local fishermen and dive groups. In 2014 alone, they released 53,000 juveniles back into the wild and they hope to increase the numbers released over the next few years. Anyone can Adopt a Lobster for just £3 to help pay for their baby lobsters to be raised and released back into the wild.

They have established themselves as a centre for excellence in lobster science and their research is cited all around the world. Their public visitor centre welcomes over 40,000 per year to learn about the fishery and the sustainability issues it faces. Their all-weather tourist attraction in Padstow, North Cornwall offers information and activities for all ages and welcomes well behaved dogs on leads.

Contact

The National Lobster Hatchery

South Quay

Padstow

Cornwall

PL28 8BL

Tel: 01841 533 877

Email: visitorcentre@nationallobsterhatchery.co.uk