National Lobster Hatchery

The National Lobster Hatchery is a charitable organization located in Padstow , England . The hatchery was opened in August 2000 and is located on South Quay in Padstow , Cornwall . The organization is a marine conservation, research and education charity that focuses its efforts on the European lobster . It exists to serve the coastal fishing communities of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly . The hatchery consists of a visitor center, a shop and conference facility, as well as various culture spaces, laboratories and technical facilities.


The National Lobster Hatchery is a marine conservation, research and education charity that focuses exclusively on the European Lobster, a commercially exploited species.


The charity’s conservation work is Focuses Enhancing the stocks of lobsters in the coastal waters of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Should stocks collapse (as they have done elsewhere) this work would shift its focus to restocking.

The National Lobster Hatchery is in partnership with a few local breeders and shellfish wholesalers who provide female egg-bearing lobsters which are taken in and held until their eggs hatch. The resulting larvae are then on-grown in their post-larval stages before being released into the coastal waters of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Juvenile lobsters are released on a suitable substrate, by which clubs deliver the sea, or by fishermen who actually pump the juveniles directly onto the sea floor.

The released juveniles will grow to marketable size. Several studies have estimated the survival of the animals and their survival.


The research work focuses on two key areas: assessing the effectiveness of stocking work and developing techniques for lobster culture.

The main research priority for the National Lobster Hatchery is to assess the effectiveness of the stock enhancement program. This includes the establishment of a population model for local populations and an assessment of the appropriateness of genetic markers.

The charity is also focusing efforts on in-house research and development work. These are projects specifically designed to improve the implementation of stock enhancement techniques. The overarching aim of this work is to create an improvement in the production of juvenile lobsters, their fitness and their unit costs of production. This work will include improving understanding of the understanding of the effects of disease and improving the living conditions of the European Union. .


The organization’s education program focuses on raising awareness of the sustainability issues associated with coastal fisheries, promoting traditional fisheries management tools and highlighting the importance of consumer choice .

The National Lobster Hatchery formally educates people from pre-school to postgraduate. University of the United States and the United States of America.

The National Lobster Hatchery is one of the few marine biology laboratories in the world open to visitors. The importance of fisheries and the environment, the importance of fisheries and the environment, the importance of fisheries and coastal fisheries, the relevance of fisheries management.


The National Lobster Hatchery was initiated in 1992 by the President of the Cornwall Sea Fisheries Committee. An incredibly large amount of work by the founding Chairman, Mr. Edwin Derriman OBE [1] (culminating the Chief Fishery Officer for Cornwall) in the purpose-designed building being white Erected on the quayside of Padstow , in 2000. The organization was INITIALLY run as a not-for-profit company and charitable status was Awarded in 2004. The organization is now run as a company limited by guarantee and charity and in 2009 the organization gained accreditation as a social enterprise. The Directors / Trustees are unpaid.

The hatchery was eventually opened to the public in August 2000, but it was not a problem. Subsequently, an upgrade of the life support systems took place in 2005. The visitor center has had many facelifts in particular. systems, to increase capacity and to improve the efficiency of the operation.

The National Lobster Hatchery is one of two similar facilities in the UK. The other hatchery is in the Orkney Islands and is financially supported by the Orkney Fishermen’s Association.

Lobster hatcheries throughout the world are considered to be of a higher level of availability and, when they are funded by visitors, the concept is then seen as being cost-effective.

Further research is required to validate the effectiveness of hatcheries and to improve culture techniques. The National Lobster Hatchery has developed numerous partnerships with various research organizations in order to further develop the research capacity of the charity.


The National Lobster Hatchery has received various awards and accolades including a Pride in Seafood award in 2005 for its contribution to the UK seafood industry. [2]


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  4. Jump up^ “South West Wales: Students to nurture baby lobsters” . BBC News. 2009-01-29 . Retrieved 2012-09-08 .
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  6. Jump up^ Published on Tuesday 9 September 2008 11:10 (2008-09-09). “Lobster hatchery would be a burden on local taxpayers” . The Scarborough News . Retrieved 2012-09-08 .
  7. Jump up^ “Cornwall: New funding for lobster hatchery” . BBC News. 2007-01-13 . Retrieved 2012-09-08 .
  8. Jump up^ Holt, Laura (2012-07-27). “My Life in Travel: Jenny Eclair, comedian and novelist” . London: The Independent (UK) . Retrieved 2012-09-08 .
  9. Jump up^ “Volunteering opportunities at the National Lobster Hatchery” . Cornwall Voluntary Sector Forum. 2012-08-06 . Retrieved 2012-09-08 .
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