HRH The Duke of Edinburgh to visit the National Lobster Hatchery

Preparations are under way and we are very excited to receive a Royal visit from the Duke of Edinburgh on the 1st August 2014 at 11am.

During his hour-long visit, the Duke will hear about the Hatchery’s work and see brood stock, larval and juvenile lobsters for himself.  He will also tour the Visitor Centre, meet some of the local fishermen and go into Stein’s Fisheries that sells fresh fish and lobsters.

The National Lobster Hatchery is a pioneering marine conservation, research and education charity that aims to demonstrate the importance of sustainable fishing to visitors whilst undertaking vital scientific research.

“We have two main research aims – to gain a better understanding of the pros and cons of marine stocking and to develop the technology we need to restock or enhance stocks,” said General Manager Dom Boothroyd.  “We’ve teamed up with partners from across the academic world and together, have already established an international reputation for improving the culture techniques and processes required to raise large numbers of lobsters.  We now aim to improve the scientific understanding of what happens to them when they are released.”

The Duke will meet researchers, staff and local dignitaries to find out what the hatchery does and to get a general understanding of the important role it plays in advancing marine science.

Bryan Coode, Chair of the Trustees said “After setting out the context for our work and explaining the need to increase fish supplies, we will take him to our laboratory – which achieves around a thousand fold increase in lobster larvae survival rates compared to the wild – and let him see the growth stages for himself.  Meeting local fishermen – with whom we work very closely – and seeing fish on sale completes the aquaculture journey.”

Cllr Charlie Watson-Smyth said:  “I’m delighted that the Duke will be visiting Padstow.  It will be a great honour to meet with him.  His visit is predominantly to the National Lobster Hatchery but also meeting with local fishermen and businesses.  I’m hopeful the sun will shine and it will be a great occasion.”

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