Congratulations on adopting your very own lobster! Or if you haven’t adopted a lobster yet, click on our blinking lobster on the right to go directly to the Adopt a Lobster page.
Depending on what time of year you have adopted your lobster, it will fall somewhere on this scale below, of his or her life cycle.
November – March
Which stage your Lobster is currently in
Your lobster started life as an egg attached to the underside of one of our hen (female) lobsters in our maternity ward. Hen lobsters carry their eggs for about 9 months so if you have adopted a lobster out of season you may have a long wait until your lobster hatches into the big wide world. The mother lobster will constantly fan water over the eggs to maintain the oxygen supply and water quality so Lobster Junior will be very happy tucked amongst his or her 3,000-40,000 brothers and sisters on the underside of mum! The lobster hatching season starts in the Spring and will stop in about October.
METHODS OF RELEASE
Our hatchery reared lobsters are released at around 3 months old and released around the coast of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
We nurture them through their most vulnerable stage in their life cycle (when they are part of the plankton) where there are a lot of predators. When we release them, they are still only 1cm in length but they stand a very high chance of survival because they become demersal at this stage in their life cycle. This means living on or near the bottom of the sea. There are very few sightings of juvenile lobsters in the wild and researchers believe they spend their first two years of life buried in the gravel. Research undertaken in Norway showed survival rates for hatchery reared juvenile lobsters were 30-80%.
We use several methods to release them;
- Shore release, we take them down at low tide and release them onto suitable substrate.
- Dive clubs release on our behalf and personally deliver them to the sea bed.
- Fishermen release, whereby, trays of juvenile lobsters are put into the lobster pots/creels and lowered to the seabed. They benefit from the protection of the pot whilst they crawl out of the trays and into the gravel below.
- Tube release, again with the help from fishermen, we are able to deliver juvenile lobsters directly onto the seabed using a long pipe.
Film taken by Dave Perry
WHERE HAS MY LOBSTER BEEN RELEASED?
We have anything from 3,000 to 5,000 adoptions each year and your very kind donation goes directly towards raising and releasing our baby lobsters. We’ve got a fabulous new ‘all singing and dancing’ Adopt a Lobster search tool and map for you to find out where and when your lobster was released. Thank you to Matthew Augier, DPS Ltd for building and hosting this new website for free. Just enter your details below to find your lobster. Please note 2005 adoptions are not included
This database is updated quarterly, last updated July 2017
OTHER ADOPTIONS – we have released lobsters on behalf of our fabulous Sponsors
Alec Weir 80 lobsters – June 2008
2008 M&J Seafood 100 lobsters
2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 South West Water 700 lobsters
2011 Shellfish Hatchery Systems Ltd 100 lobsters
2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 Harbour Holidays 500 lobsters
2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 Paddy’s Hooked on Fish 1600 lobsters
2015, 2016 Holiday Cottages 200 lobsters
2017 Stay in Cornwall 100 lobsters