Padstow’s award-winning National Lobster Hatchery welcomes additional expertise to its Board of Trustees

The National Lobster Hatchery (NLH) has welcomed three new members to its Board of Trustees to assist with the development of its future strategy: Rob Clifford-Wing, Ed Coode and Lord St Levan.

Born, raised and educated in Cornwall, and passionate about the Cornish fishing industry, Mr Clifford-Wing established Wing of St Mawes in the 1980s, which has earned a reputation for supplying stunning quality seafood to the UK’s top chefs, hotels and restaurants. He also chairs the Harbour Commission of Cornwall’s premier fishing port, Newlyn, and is committed to supporting local fishermen through the development of modern, fit-for-purpose facilities and services, including a revitalised Fish Market that is scheduled to open this year.

Involved in the Objective One European funding programme in the 1990s and as a team member of the Fisheries Priority Management Group, Mr Clifford-Wing played a part in funds being made available to create the NLH in Padstow.

“The NLH is the jewel in the crown of Cornwall’s fishing industry and I am delighted to have been appointed as a Trustee,” says Mr Clifford-Wing. “It is a privilege to be a part of such an exciting charitable organisation, which is committed to safeguarding lobster stocks around our county’s coastline.”

Ed Coode MBE is a British rower, twice World Champion and Olympic Gold medallist. Born in Cornwall, he studied marine biology at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He then trained in law at the University of the West of England and with Bristol company, Burges Salmon before joining his family’s law firm where he now practices private client law from its St Austell office.
“I have been enormously impressed by what the charity achieves in terms of identifying scientific solutions that assist both the Cornish fishing industry and our marine environment,” adds Mr Coode. “The NLH is a worldwide centre of excellence for growing the lobster population and sustaining the lobster fishing industry. There has never been a better time to be at the forefront of marine conservation and as a Cornishman with a love of marine science, I am very pleased to join the NLH team.”

Lord St Levan lives at St Michael’s Mount, which attracts more than 300,000 visitors each year and is managed in partnership with the National Trust. From there, he keeps a watchful eye on his seven lobster pots in Mount’s Bay.

His initial career was with merchant bank, Kleinwort Benson, for whom he worked in Tokyo and New York. Lord St Levan is also the founder chairman of the much acclaimed Pirate FM, which won the first independent radio licence for Cornwall. From this, grew the UKRD Group, which now operates some 20 radio licences across the UK.

“My initial interest in the NLH was stimulated by their extensive programme to replenish the lobster population off the Cornish coast,” Lord St Levan explains. “However, I have since discovered how much more there is to the Hatchery’s work, especially in terms of the breadth and variety of its groundbreaking scientific research, which positions this pioneering charity as a global leader in its field.”

“We are most fortunate to be able to attract the areas of expertise that Rob Clifford-Wing, Ed Coode and Lord St Levan bring to the Boardroom table,” concludes the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Bryan Coode. “We have an exceptionally strong and talented team already, but these new appointments will strengthen it yet further and enable us to develop a robust and relevant direction of travel that will sustain the charity and maximise its potential for the future.”

The NLH operates a stock enhancement programme that encourages scientists and fishermen to work collaboratively to support the sustainability of Cornish lobster stocks, supporting fragile coastal economies and in response to soaring global demand for seafood.

Rearing lobsters in hatchery culture systems from larvae that are naturally hatched by egg-bearing females and raising them to a juvenile stage of development, the NLH then releases them back into the wild.