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September 29, 2015

United Kingdom

$4.5 Million for Lobster Farming

                             Dr. Carly Daniels  


The National Lobster Hatchery in Padstow, Cornwall, has been awarded $4.5 million for research to develop lobster farming.  The three-year project, known as “Lobster Grower 2”, will focus on the European lobster (Homarus gammarus).


Lead researcher for the National Lobster Hatchery, Dr. Carly Daniels said: “This is the biggest lobster aquaculture research project taking place in Europe at the moment, and it’s fantastic that it’s happening here in Cornwall, where it will generate scientific jobs and intellectual capital.  Europe is rapidly falling behind the rest of the world when it comes to growing its own seafood and this project is vital in addressing that imbalance.  A key component is that lobsters will be grown in systems with no artificial feed inputs.  This means that some of the broader sustainability issues sometimes associated with aquaculture do not apply.  In a nutshell we are assessing whether it is possible to grow one of the most valuable species of seafood in the UK, using similar approaches to those used to grow low value species in passive, environmentally friendly systems.”


The project will use a sea-based container culture system and run a pilot-scale lobster culture site to gather practical, operational, environmental, biological, engineering and economic data that can be used to develop an essential tool to encourage and inform future investment.


Information: Dr. Carly Daniels, The National Lobster Hatchery, South Quay, Padstow, Cornwall L28 8BL, United Kingdom (phone 01841-533877, fax 0870-7060299, email, webpage


Source: Western Morning NewsNational Lobster Hatchery in Padstow to Boost EU Aquaculture Thanks to £3M Investment.  Olivier Vergnault.  September 28, 2015.

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