The Co-operative Membership Community Fund has donated £1,800 to Padstow based charity ‘The National Lobster Hatchery’ (NLH) to enable the production of new video displays within the charity’s education centre.
The generous donation will provide a fundamental element of the charity’s education output. The NLH visitor centre on Padstow’s South Quay aims to educate on fisheries sustainability issues and the ways we can help provide solutions to the problems facing our oceans and seafood industry. The new videos funded by the Co-operative Membership Fund will enable the visiting public to learn about the charity’s work, seafood sustainability, the problems facing our vulnerable lobster stocks and the impact this could have on coastal biodiversity, our fishing, tourism and marine related industries and our economy and marine environment as a whole. The videos will also introduce and explain the NLH’s latest research projects that are extremely valuable, not only to Cornwall but to environmental problems on a world wide scale.
General Manager; Dominic Boothroyd says: “We are extremely grateful for the support of The Co-operative Membership Fund. This will significantly help us to communicate our important messages to the general public. We all have a pivotal role to play in helping to sustain our seafood resources and the new educational videos will certainly help encourage and equip the public to do their bit towards this.”
The NLH is going through an exciting stage of development at the moment with improvements to its visitor centre. The charity is also driving forward its program of research with some significant projects taking place that will help validate, as well as improve and advance the NLH’s innovative lobster conservation techniques.
Barry Crowle from The Co-operative Membership Community Fund says: “We live in tough economic times and it’s often charities and local community groups that feel the impact. The Co-operative Membership Community Fund aims to help provide much-needed funding for local projects across the UK and we are delighted to be playing a part in what we consider to be a very important project at The National Lobster Hatchery. We are aware of the importance of the work of the NLH and consider it to be an innovative and positive approach to protecting our fragile marine ecosystems on which so many of our livelihoods depend.”