The National Lobster Hatchery

The National Lobster Hatchery is a leading marine conservation, education, and research charity nestled in Padstow, Cornwall. Dedicated to safeguarding the future of the European lobster and promoting sustainability in our marine environment the team aim to use innovative research and breeding programs, to replenish lobster populations and support sustainable fisheries. To date, they’ve released over 500,000 juvenile lobsters back into the sea, making a significant impact on marine ecosystems.

Why Lobsters?

Lobsters are keystone species crucial for maintaining marine biodiversity. As apex predators, they help regulate populations of other marine creatures, ensuring a balanced ecosystem. However, threats like overfishing and habitat loss endanger their populations. Your support enables them to protect and conserve these vital creatures for future generations.

Programs and Initiatives

  1. Lobster Rearing and Release:
    • State-of-the-art hatchery facilities to rear lobsters.
    • Juvenile lobsters are carefully reintroduced into the wild to bolster natural populations.
  2. Research and Innovation:
    • Ongoing research improves breeding techniques and enhances lobster habitat conservation.
    • Study of lobster behaviours and ecological needs to inform sustainable management practices.
  3. Education and Engagement:
    • Educational programs for schools and public visitors to raise awareness about marine conservation.
    • An interactive visitor centre in Padstow, where you can learn about lobsters and the conservation efforts first-hand.
  4. Sustainable Partnerships:
    • Collaborating with local fishermen, they promote sustainable fishing practices.
    • These partnerships support coastal communities while safeguarding marine resources.

We really are overwhelmed by the incredible level of donation that Steins achieved throughout their ‘Summer of Shellfish’. We hope that all customers feel gratified to know that simply by purchasing seafood they have played a very important part in the NLH’s charitable mission. It is incredibly reassuring when those who utilise our native marine resources go out of their way to help ‘put back’ and do their bit to help sustain vulnerable stocks for the future.

Emily, The National Lobster Hatchery

Summer of Shellfish

Since 1975, our restaurants have proudly featured a selection of fresh shellfish from British shores. Our Summer of Shellfish celebrates prized catches of lobster and crab landed in Cornwall to nostalgic seaside favourites like cockles and whelks, local fishermen and the skills of our expert chefs.