The National Lobster Hatchery

Extension to the National Lobster Hatchery

Provide space for expansion of the visitor centre and the create space for further research and education.

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1105434)




  • AnimalsAnimals
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Older PeopleOlder People
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)
  • OtherOther



The visitor centre has been exceptionally successful, attracting in the region of 40,000 visitors per year. This success is essential because most of the funds for the work undertaken by the National Lobster Hatchery (NLH) are raised through its visitor centre. A small expansion of the building would provide more room for public and formal education and the conduction of research would therefore be of great benefit. The lower level of the proposed extension would be developed into a centre for raising awareness about the importance of the sustainable management our living marine resources. The centre will inform the public of the key issues surrounding sustainable management within the industry, promoting specific examples of sustainable practice and highlighting the potential alternative solutions. Various forms of media would be used to get this information across using specific fisheries stories and examples of alternative management and catching methods, making the information understandable at all levels (children, stakeholders, scientists, the consumers). This centre will therefore have the ability to influence both the current and next generation on this important subject. The extension of the NLH would also create a firmer business base to continue funding its stock enhancement, research and education and would allow the NLH to benefit from the economies of scale. In addition this would allow more placement students from all over the world to be accepted, which would also help strengthen our partnerships with the Universities of Plymouth and Exeter and Cornwall College.