Lots of you will be aware that we recently shared a Newsletter on the Native Lobster season coming to a close, while the fishermen allow them to replenish freely. A number of you asked what we do ourselves to help, so we thought we would share a little of what we do to give back to the species that kindly gave us our name!!

We believe in being close to all our suppliers, both to help them and to make sure we work together to ensure delight for you. So, we recently had the pleasure of visiting the lobster hatchery in Padstow, a marine conservation and research charity centre established in 2000. This facility actively collaborates with local fishermen and shellfish suppliers, aiming to support sustainability within theirs, and the local communities they supply.

Pleasingly, the lobster hatchery is widely recognised worldwide as a highly positive approach to maintaining the appropriate levels of the lobster species itself.

maintaining the appropriate levels of the lobster
When we visited, all the staff thought that one of the standout features of the hatchery was truly called its Maternity Ward, which offers a captivating journey through the various stages of a lobster’s life, from egg to adulthood.

Even our experienced team found it fascinating to learn that a female lobster can carry up to 20,000 eggs at a time. In the wild, the natural survival rate for these eggs is quite low, with only one typically making it to maturity.

It was a stark reminder of the difference the hatchery makes when we learned that the hatchery has an impressive 20% survival rate, providing a significant boost to the chances of these young lobsters thriving.

The hatchery team keeps the lobsters until they reach the age of 4 or 5 before releasing them into the wild. This strategic approach substantially enhances their likelihood of survival. Witnessing this disparity in survival rates between the wild and the hatchery was truly eye-opening and inspiring.

If you happen to find yourself in Padstow, apart from enjoying all Rick Stein has to offer, we wholeheartedly recommend a visit to this lobster hatchery. It not only offers a unique and educational experience but also sheds light on the commendable efforts being made to conserve marine life and promote sustainability.

We think that our children being able to share the advantages we have is worth not only the Spiny ‘No Lobster’ times of the year but also the incredible work done by teams like the Hatchery, we hope you do too.