The National Lobster Hatchery is a Centre of Expertise on the European Lobster. In 2011 a Scientific Committee was formed to drive our research forward. The following is our research strategy:
The National Lobster Hatchery (NLH) seeks to create a sustainable lobster fishery in Cornwall.
No. 1 The main research priority for the NLH is to monitor the success of our primary charitable objective (i.e. the stock enhancement program). In the foreseeable future this work will include, but not be limited to the following areas:
- Examination of tagging systems that will enable stakeholders to easily identify hatchery reared animals.
- Estimation of survival rates for hatchery reared lobsters in the field.
- Estimation of contribution to catches of the European lobster.
- Genetic analysis of Cornish lobster stocks.
No. 2 In addition to this the NLH will also focus research efforts on in-house research and development work. This will include projects specifically designed to improve the stock enhancement techniques and implementation of the conservation work. The overarching aim of this work is to create comprehensive improvements in the output capabilities of the NLH and to provide a reduction in the unit costs of production.
This work will include, but not be limited to the following areas:
- Improving and developing novel and traditional husbandry techniques.
- Improving our understanding of the nutritional requirements of the European lobster throughout each stage of its life-cycle and the development of appropriate diets.
- Gaining a better understanding of the implications of disease issues and strategies for improving the health of larvae and juveniles.
- Developing systems for effective release of juvenile lobsters through appropriate stakeholders.
- Developing artificial habitats for promoting post release survival of juveniles through behavioural studies.
No. 3 Though not top priority at present, other research areas form the basis for one off projects at the NLH, examining the broader issues associated with our stock enhancement program:
- Examination of the impacts of specific environmental threats upon the species (e.g. ocean acidification or climate change work).
- Examination of fisheries management techniques (e.g. maximum landing sizes, effort limitation, vessel capacity, offshore aquaculture).
- Research and development work such as the work which the NLH has been undertaking with the South West Depuration Training Centre.
- To provide research outcomes and publications of value to the fishing and aquaculture industries.
- To act as a catalyst for research into the European lobster.
- To provide a platform for the dissemination of technical and academic skills.
- To provide facilities accessible to the general public to promote understanding of the role of the NLH and the fields in which it operates.
- To utilise the NLH research facilities at full capacity.
- To develop the skill base of the NLH team
For all our past and current research, publications, abstracts and papers click on an appropriate link.
Dr Grant Stentiford, Pathologist, Director of the European Reference Lab for Crustacean Diseases, CEFAS (Chairman of Academic Committee for NLH)
Dr Colin Bannister, Chairman of the Shellfish Association of Great Britain
Dominic Boothroyd, General Manager, National Lobster Hatchery
Dr Carly Daniels, Principal Investigator, Lobster Grower 2, National Lobster Hatchery
Prof Matthew Evans, Professor of Ecology & Head of School, Queens Mary University of London
Dr Phil Le Grice, Principal of Bicton College and Director of Rural Economy and Food at The Cornwall College Group
Dr Amber Griffiths, Founder of FoAM Kernow
Prof Dave Hodgson, Associate Professor of Ecology & Associate Dean of Education, University of Exeter
Dr Rosslyn McIntyre, CEFAS
Dr Adam Powell Post Doctor, University of Gothenburg
Jean Taylor, retired Head of Strategic Economic Development in Cornwall, University of Exeter
Colin Trundle, Principal Scientific Officer, Cornwall IFCA
Dr Rachel Turner, Lecturer in Environmental Social Science, University of Exeter