The National Lobster Hatchery

Research – Post larval diet development at the National Lobster Hatchery

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The National Lobster Hatchery has been involved a great deal with research projects in the recent years. This research involved undertaking work on lobster larval rearing. One specific MSc research project carried out at the NLH investigated how larval development is affected by a juvenile insect hormone analogue, Fenoxycarb. In the last year, there has much research being conducted on developing the diet of larval stage lobsters to try and improve their growth, development and survival. Specifically it involves the incorporation of pre- and probiotics into the larval diets. Beneficial effects have already been discovered adding substances such as Biomoss® to the diet of the larvae. The NLH plans to continue with its research developing diets for the culture of lobsters. A logical next step would be improving the diets fed to the post-larval stage of the European lobster. This would be in conjunction with the University of Plymouth’s MSc Students studying Sustainable Aquaculture. Such a project would strengthen the links with our partner institutes as well as keeping the NLH as one of the leading researchers of European lobster culture.