As the summer winds down, the outreach team at the Hatchery are enjoying attending the last few events of the season, while hosting the new cohort of university groups for educational visits to the facility.
Now in its ninth year, the Clovelly Crab and Lobster Feast celebrates local seafood, and the Lobster Hatchery are delighted to have been made beneficiary of the event again this year. Visitors to the village made their way along the historic quayside to the hatchery stand, where they learned about lobster ecology and biology with the help of our little lobster babies on display! On the way along the quay, visitors feasted on locally caught dressed crab and lobster delights from a variety of local vendors. In order to ‘give a little back’ to the lobsters in the area, we then took to the water with a Clovelly fisherman, John Balls, to release hundreds of baby lobsters back into the sea!
Photographs: Clovelly Crab and Lobster Feast: meeting Larry the Lobster; crowds on the quay side surrounding the National Lobster Hatchery stand.
Back at home in Padstow there has been a strong start to the new academic year, with university groups booking for visits to learn about lobster fisheries and conservation. Our unique stock enhancement programme creates a rare opportunity for study, providing the ideal platform for aquaculture students to experience a real life example of a novel stock enhancement programme.
Our next and final event of the summer will be as part of the Discover Zone at the Great Cornish Food and Drink Festival in Truro. Catch us there to learn about Cornish sustainable fisheries from 23rd-25th September 2016!