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 inshore fishing industry and the coastal communities that it supports.

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. 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.

The European lobster is worth a huge amount both in terms of its economic and social importance, with catches worth around £30 million each year. Their high value combined with low recruitment success and intense fishing pressure means they are vulnerable to stock collapse. Lobster stocks in Scandinavia and parts of the Mediterranean collapsed in the 1960’s and have not recovered to this day.

Since opening we have released over 100,000 lobsters into the sea and nearly half a million visitors have been educated about sustainability issues associated with fisheries. Our work is becoming increasingly important, not just to the UK but as a model for fisheries management worldwide.

The National Lobster Hatchery currently receives no recurrent government funding and relies for the main part, on the revenue generated by our small but popular visitor centre. Any donation you were able to provide our charity would help us to continue our valuable work.

For a one-off donation, you can either:

Donate on-line

Select the amount you would like to donate from the on-line shop and this will be processed with Paypal.

By Post:

If you would like to send a cheque, please make it payable to the ‘National Lobster Hatchery’ and send it to National Lobster Hatchery, South Quay, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8BL, United Kingdom. If you are sending your donation by post, please include a gift aid form, click here to download the Gift Aid Form


Friends of the Lobster Hatchery

and we will send you a free fluffy lobster, regular newsletters and special offers.

By donating £5 per month you will be making a significant contribution to safeguard our inshore fishing industry, the coastal communities that it supports and the marine bio-diversity of our oceans. Just as important, it’s nice to know that people share our passion.

Gift AidMake your donation go further and gift aid it!

For every pound you give we get an extra 25p from the Inland Revenue. This transitional relief for the charity does not affect your personal tax position. All you need to do is tick the gift aid box. It’s that simple.

GIVE AS YOU LIVE You can raise money for the National Lobster Hatchery at no extra cost to you, whenever you shop online.  By just shopping online through our personalised link:  you will be able to raise money for the charity without having to do anything or pay anything extra. Give as you Live works with 3,612 leading stores that have signed up to donate a commission on every online purchase to the charity of your choice. This commission is already included in the price of what you’re buying, so you can support your favourite cause, at no extra cost to you. With Give as You Live’s technology you can still get the best deals online by comparing millions of products and thousands of brands, but you can also send a percentage of everything you spend to the charity of your choice. All without spending a penny more. You can click on the link to register today (they just need your name and email address) and then it’s just a case of remembering to keep using it so we don’t miss out on any donations. The Give as You Live philosophy: “Eat. Shop. Give to charity. Sleep. Repeat.”

Make a lasting difference – leave a gift in your Will

Have you spent your life taking from the seas? Whether it’s just a healthy obsession with seafood, recreation, a family business associated with the sea or just a keen interest in our oceans, allow us to put something back in the sea on your behalf and help us to strive toward a brighter future for our living marine resources.

There are many different types of legacies. Your solicitor will be able to advise you on which one suits you best.

Whichever way you choose to make or update your Will it’s vital to include our full name. Please specify that you are leaving your gift to ‘The National Lobster Hatchery, Charity No. 1105434’.

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