HRH The Duke of Edinburgh will be visiting the National Lobster Hatchery, South Quay, Padstow on Friday 1 August at 11.10.
During his hour-long visit, the Duke will hear about the Hatchery’s work and see brood stock, larval and juvenile lobsters for himself. He will also tour the Visitors’ Centre, meet local fishermen and go into Stein’s Fisheries, a shop that sells fresh fish and lobsters.
The National Lobster Hatchery is a pioneering marine conservation, research and education charity that aims to demonstrate the importance of sustainable fishing to visitors whilst undertaking vital scientific research.
“We have two main research aims – to gain a better understanding of the pros and cons of marine stocking and to develop the technology we need to restock or enhance stocks,” said General Manager Dom Boothroyd. “We’ve teamed up with partners from across the academic world and with them have already established an international reputation for improving the culture techniques and processes required to raise large numbers of lobsters. We now aim to improve the scientific understanding of what happens to them when they are released.”
The Duke will meet researchers, staff and local dignitaries to find out what the Hatchery does and to get a general understanding of the important role it plays in advancing marine science.
“We will be showing him the fishing process,” said Bryan Coode, Chair of the Trustees. “After setting out the context for our work and explaining the need to increase fish supplies, we will take him to our laboratory – which achieves around a thousand fold increase in lobster larvae survival rates compared to the wild – and let him see the growth stages for himself. Meeting local fishermen – with whom we work very closely – and seeing fish on sale completes the aquaculture journey.”
Cllr Charlie Watson-Smyth said: “I’m delighted that the Duke will be visiting Padstow. It will be a great honour to meet with him. His visit is predominately to the National Lobster Hatchery but also meeting with local fishermen and businesses. I’m hopeful the sun will shine and it will be a great occasion.”