Yesterday was the wrap up meeting for Lobster Grower 1, today the kick off meeting for Lobster Grower 2, an exciting 3 year project with consortium partners led by the National Lobster Hatchery. Partners include the University of Exeter, Westcountry Mussels of Fowey, The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) and Falmouth University. The project will focus on the European lobster by developing the technology and science for growing lobsters at sea.
Dom Boothroyd, General Manager of the National Lobster Hatchery, said: “This project represents a huge step forward for the charity. Firstly it will test and develop the technology needed to grow lobsters to a greater age before releasing them into the sea to enhance wild stocks. Secondly it will help us to generate the intellectual property that will, in the future, help fund the charity’s important research conservation and education work.”
Funded by Innovate UK, BBSRC, the National Lobster Hatchery have also received funding from The Worshipful Company of Fishmongers which has made the project financially viable for the hatchery to lead the project.