ELCE’s Mission Statement - to share knowledge and experiences in order to fast track lobster aquaculture and lobster stocking programmes.
* Develop mutually beneficial research programmes through consortium led funding applications.
* To share knowledge and experiences through an annual workshop with partner presentations.
* To share knowledge and experiences through a shared database.
* To share experiences and knowledge through a website and email group.
Ambition: to develop a programme of research that will enable a lobster farming and lobster stocking industry to rapidly develop.
Background: The ELCE was established during an international meeting at the National Lobster Hatchery, Padstow, UK in April 2013. At the second meeting of the ELCE in October 2013 in North Berwick it was agreed that the organisation required formalisation in order to develop further and in order to take advantage of funding opportunities. A set of rules for joining and participation were discussed and the requirement for some internal structure was discussed. The need for an annual workshop/conference was identified as a major part of the ELCE’s function. It is hoped that the next conference will be held at the National Lobster hatchery in 2018.
Here is a list of the ELCE partnership countries and associated institutes: