Education Blog – April 2017

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It feels like spring has finally sprung in North Cornwall, as April has blessed us with several days of gorgeous blue skies and sunshine. As the weather improves, our lobster larvae production begins to increase as lobster eggs develop faster in warmer conditions. The calmer weather also means our fishermen are able to get out to sea more so we have an increased supply of ‘berried hens’ (expectant lobster mums to be). This means the Hatchery will now have plenty of ‘eggs’ in time for Easter!

This month the NLH team were delighted to once again be part of a fantastic annual event for Cornish primary schools, the ‘Farm and Country Days’ held at the Royal Cornwall Showground. Over 1,500 school children from various schools throughout Cornwall attended the two day event, to learn about where their food comes from and what farmers and food producers do. As part of the NLH exhibit, they were given the task of identifying and measuring native fish species in our fishing game. This involved comparing their catch against fisheries charts to discover whether it was big enough to eat by meeting legal Minimum Landing Size requirements.

We are also excited to announce that we have developed several new fisheries topics to add to our Resource Packs for schools. These lessons, which are complimented by teacher notes and activity sheets, link to the National Curriculum and encourage students to think about how to manage our natural resources. The new lessons utilise hand-on activities to break down information into clear bite-sized pieces, enabling us to deliver complex messages – such as technical approaches for regulating fisheries – in a clear and engaging way.

Schools in Cornwall can contact education@nationallobsterhatchery.co.uk for a FREE copy of the completed RESOURCE PACKS, or a FREE marine themed outreach LESSON delivered directly to their classroom.

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