The National Lobster Hatchery

The National Lobster Hatchery

Charity information

The National Lobster Hatchery

The NLH is a pioneering marine conservation, research and education charity which aims to help safeguard the future of our vulnerable marine resources and the many livelihoods they support.

Founded 2000

  • Mission statement

    The National Lobster Hatchery is a pioneering marine conservation, research and education charity. Our work focuses upon a novel form of managing our living marine resources that compliments existing fisheries management tools and takes an interventional approach to conserving our vulnerable lobster populations. Ultimately this work helps to safeguard our vulnerable marine resources, inshore fishing industry and the many livelihoods and coastal communities that it supports.

    Our three primary charitable objectives are:

    CONSERVATION: We operate a unique and innovative stocking programme for the European Lobster within our inshore waters.

    RESEARCH: We conduct pioneering research that will assess the impact of our stocking programme and further develop stocking and culture techniques.

    EDUCATION: Our education programme aims to raise awareness about fisheries sustainability issues and their potential solutions.

    More then 75% of the world’s fish stocks are either fully exploited, over exploited, depleted or recovering. The world’s human population is due to reach 9 billion and there has never been as much pressure on the world’s fish stocks. Some authorities claim that if we continue to take from our oceans without effective control, there will be no fish left by the middle of the century. We desperately need new approaches to managing our living marine resources. The work of the National Lobster Hatchery represents exactly that.

  • Aims

    The National Lobster Hatchery aims to:

    • To operate a stocking programme for the European Lobster within our inshore waters. To date we have successfully released over 143,000 juvenile lobsters into our waters.
    • To conduct pioneering research that will assess the impact of our lobster stocking program and further develop stocking and culture techniques.Our research involves partnerships with leading academics and institutions and has been published in international peer reviewed journals and presented on the global stage.
    • To educate & raise awareness of fisheries sustainability issues and their potential solutions. We are involved in formal and informal education and we have a small but popular visitor education centre
  • Overview

    Established: August 2000

    Registered Charity Number: 1105434

    Board members: 12

    Full time staff: 5

    Part time staff: 4

    Volunteers: 8

    Phone number: 01841533877

    Address: The National Lobster Hatchery, South Quay, Padstow, PL28 8BL

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  • Expanding the NLH’s Lobster Release Capacity

    Expanding the capacity of the hatchery so we can release more lobsters into the sea each y... More
  • The National Lobster Hatchery Education Programme

    An education programme to increase public awareness. Change public opinion and behaviour b... More
  • Extension to the National Lobster Hatchery

    Provide space for expansion of the visitor centre and the create space for further researc... More
  • National Lobster Hatchery Visitor Centre Improveme...

    Improving and updating the National Lobster Hatchery visitor centre by creating a walk-in ... More
  • Improvements to the children's exhibits at the Nat...

  • National Lobster Hatchery microbiology laboratory

    To convert a small office space into a microbiology laboratory to aid research conducted b... More
  • Small projects concerning updating and general mai...

  • Research – Post larval diet development at the N...