Wow – What an amazing year 2019 it has been.

We have achieved so much this year to help our little lobsters and our marine environment and we couldn’t have done it without you!

This year saw big changes for the NLH – with our pioneering 3 year project ‘Lobster Grower’ drawing to a conclusion, the NLH team began to focus their energy on collecting these beautiful hand sized lobsters from the safety of their container homes at sea to release back into the wild. As bigger and stronger animals they should have an even better chance of reaching adulthood. Of course we have also continued our pioneering restocking work to raise and release lobsters straight from the hatchery, whilst also inspiring and educating others about the importance of fisheries sustainability. We have raised and released thousands of juvenile lobsters this year and over 3500 of them have been adopted by you lovely people!

We wish to say a huge thank you to the 13 wonderful Fishermen who have acquired brood stock for us this year. These guys are at the frontline of our work and we have so much respect for what they do, working extremely hard in all conditions including dangerous rough seas, in the rain, hail and wind. It is because of their dedication and forward thinking attitude to the future of our fisheries, that we are able to continue and advance our pioneering marine conservation work and help safeguard our vital seafood industry and all who depend upon it.

We’ve been luckily enough to team up with a selection of groups this year to help release our thousands of baby lobsters. A huge thank you to Newquay Sea Safari’s, Dive Newquay, Scuba Ry, Odyssey Innovation, Truro College, Bishops C of E Primary School, Friends of Fowey Estuary, Atlantic Scuba, Clovelly Crab and Lobster Festival and Escape to the Country, for joining us on our releases, spreading the word, and for enabling our little lobsters to find their forever homes in the ocean where they belong.

We’ve had an incredible 14 volunteers working with us this year, (not including all the dedicated students conducting extra projects with us!). These wonderful people have to put up with cold and damp conditions, smelly mussel meat and our slightly crazy NLH team (which isn’t an easy job!). We owe them so much and want to say a massive thank you to every single one of them who have offered so much more than just their time to help our marine life.

It’s been a great year for the NLH when it comes to publicity as we’ve made national press and TV this year – having featured on Country File, Escape to the Country and even appearing in a very strong feature in the Daily Telegraph, to name a few. This epic coverage helps our charity’s work so much and enables us to spread word of not just what we do but also why we must do it! Not only has the media been full of “ Lobster Love” but we also have received two awards this year which we are delighted about: we won the Silver award for ‘Best Wildlife Friendly Attraction’ and also received commended for ‘Best Small Attraction’ at the Cornwall Tourism Awards 2019, so well done team lobster for all your hard work and dedication!

This year we held 3 very successful events, we had our inaugural ‘ Padstock’ Festival which was a huge success thanks to the dedication and hard work of the brilliant Padstow Brewing Company and Sperry Tents. Not only was it fantastic fun for the local community and visitors to Padstow, but it also raised an incredible £3,400 ofr the NLH and Fisherman’s Mission! The ever so talented and dedicated duo, Artist Kurt Jackson and Caroline Jackson also hosted the NLH at the stunning Jackson Foundation Gallery with a very engaging ‘Let’s Talk Lobster’ event and lobster & crab art exhibition. They even donated profits from one of Kurt’s sensational Lobster inspired paintings to the NLH on top so they have been an immense support to the charity! Finally the fabulous superstar Chef, Nathan Outlaw, and his team hosted an outstanding ‘Outlaw’s Grub Club’ dinner here at the NLH and Nathan also cooked a specular 5 course lunch for our wonderful NLH Patrons for this year’s annual NLH Patrons event, how lucky were they to experience such an intimate delicious feast by such a talented and revered Chef!

Talking of Patrons, we have been very fortunate to have gained more wonderful members on board our exclusive NLH Patrons Club and further Friends of the Hatchery. We have also gained new BOSOF restaurant and fishmonger supporters who really do keep our work going and help spread our messages both within the industry and to the general public in the most relevant, engaging and effective way. We really cannot thank all who have helped the NLH in any way shape or form this year enough, you have helped make a notable difference to our charitable achievements and we hope you feel gratified to have been a part of something truly amazing that is helping to protect the future of our vulnerable marine resources.

So, whether you've volunteered, visited, donated, provided lobsters, released lobsters, adopted lobsters, followed us online, joined our BOSOF scheme, became a Friend of the Hatchery or NLH Patron, ran events for us, or even if you've done a beach clean or helped marine animals in any way, shape or form - we want to say thank you, you are AMAZING!

We’re now super excited about 2020 and we can’t wait to celebrate our (very aptly timed) 20th Anniversary! We will no doubt face more challenges and changes, but our ever long dedication and love for lobsters and local marine life will ensure we never give up! We are just so thrilled and thankful to have you play a part in it!