Staff from The Longstore restaurant join LG2 team for lobster release at Charlsetown harbour.

It was an early start for the Lobster Grower 2 (LG2) team on what was set to be another scorching day of the 2018 summer. Despite the 5am start, everybody was filled with anticipation as it was time to retrieve over 200 of our oldest lobsters which had been deployed in sea-based containers on the…

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Marine-i helps The National Lobster Hatchery strengthen its pioneering Research team

The Marine-i programme has helped two talented University of Exeter science graduates to achieve their dream of working on a globally important research project for The National Lobster Hatchery in Padstow. This unique marine conservation charity works to improve the sustainability of the European Lobster, a valuable commercial species which is crucial to the livelihood…

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Padstow’s pioneering National Lobster Hatchery scoops national aquaculture award

Innovative conservation, research and education charity, the National Lobster Hatchery (NLH), based in Padstow, has been crowned the winner of the Stewardship & Sustainability Award at the inaugural 2018 Scottish Marine Aquaculture Awards. Aquaculture involves the cultivating of fish, crustaceans or molluscs under controlled conditions. The 2018 Scottish Marine Aquaculture Awards celebrated the achievements of…

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We Mainely talked about lobsters

By Dr Charlie Ellis – LG2 Post Doc Research Assistant Earlier this summer I was lucky enough to attend the 11th International Conference and Workshop on the Biology and Management of Lobsters (or the ‘ICWL’, by its much-needed abbreviation) which was held in Portland, Maine, USA. The conference occurs every 3-4 years and, despite its…

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Lobster Grower springs into year 2

As we move into May, the Lobster Grower 2 team are looking forward to ditching their sea-going thermals and enjoying the Cornish spring sunshine. It seems like time has flown by; the team spent a day at sea last week to conduct growth and survival checks on lobsters that have already been out at sea…

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Join the Lobster Grower team!

JOB OPPORTUNITY The University of Exeter is looking to recruit a post-doctoral research associate/fellow to work on the Lobster Grower 2 project. The successful applicant will support the analysis of evidence based environmental information and development of predictive tools that will demonstrate the reliance of lobster biology on environmental parameters, help to optimise deployment strategies,…

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Ecological conditioning – the future for lobster stock enhancement

‘Ecological conditioning’ is a term encompassing a range of processes by which captive-reared animals are encouraged to develop behavioural and physical traits which prepare them for life in the wild. Teaching an abandoned seal pup to catch fish for itself, or the ‘soft release’ of a rehabilitated bird (allowing it to leave its enclosure in…

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ALL CLAWS ON DECK AS MAJOR LOBSTER CULTURE PROJECT IS LAUNCHED

The UK’s biggest lobster culture project, Lobster Grower 2, was officially launched at the Carlyon Bay Hotel in Cornwall on 15th June. The event showcased this exciting new project, which will make a series of breakthroughs in the science and technology associated with sea-based lobster aquaculture. The Lobster Grower 2 launch event, spearheaded by the…

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