The NLH is a marine conservation, education and research charity based in beautiful Padstow and is one of the only conservation projects open to the public. With a focus on the European lobster, the charity exists primarily to help conserve the vulnerable lobster populations and preserve the coastal marine bio-diversity and fishing heritage of Cornwall.
Since opening the visitor centre in 2000, The National Lobster Hatchery has established itself as a centre for excellence in lobster science, has published numerous papers and presented its work on the world stage.
Supporting the local fishing communities and the incredible native species The European Lobster, the charity operates a stock enhancement project, by raising baby lobsters through their most vulnerable life stages then releasing them into the wild. Working with a local network of fisherman, berried hens (pregnant lobsters) are brought into the hatchery’s maternity ward carrying up to 40,000 eggs under their tail. Once the eggs are hatched, the babies are raised by the onsite technicians using pioneering techniques to improve the survival rate of the hatching lobsters, in their lobster nursery until they are ready to be released and take on the Cornish waters.
To find out more about this inspiring organisation go to The National Lobster Hatchery
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