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UNDP Spiny Lobster Project

what we learnt… The end of June signified the end of one of our more exotic research projects. This The UNDP-funded project, led by the University of Exeter, focused on […]

A Clawsome Tale

We’re excited to share a fun exclusive interview with Lucie Machin, the brilliant Director of ‘A Clawsome Tale’ – a film showcasing the wonderful world of lobsters and the work […]

BBC Countryfile Comes to Visit

Did you catch us on BBC One this past Sunday with Countryfile? Our very own Head of Production, Ben welcomed BBC presenter Charlotte Smith and the Countryfile team behind the […]

Family Attraction Winners!

Thank you to our amazing visitors who helped crown us best Family Attraction Cornwall in the 2024 Muddy Stiletto awards read more hot of the press! “The National Lobster Hatchery, […]

Hey Babies!

It’s that exciting time of year at the NLH as we reach peak hatching season! From April onwards we start to welcome thousands of tiny lobster babies on a daily […]

Larval Culture Innovation

The National Lobster Hatchery’s never ending quest to improve juvenile lobster production. At the National Lobster Hatchery, we are always looking for ways to improve our marine conservation methods, in […]

Lobster Love: Aspects Holidays

As a small, but mighty charity for over twenty years, our local community here in Cornwall has been and is vital to our success. Without the support of our fisher […]

We are recruiting Trustees!

Our small but mighty charity and centre of excellence is looking to grow its board of trustees. Next year sees our 25th anniversary here in Padstow, and there has never […]


Over 10 years ago, Ben had an idea; to build a giant tank that would represent life in a Cornish reef and demonstrate the interactions between different species. Over a […]

International Lobsters

Dr Carly Daniels put The National Lobster hatchery on the international lobster stage at the recent International Conference and Workshop on Lobster (and Crab) Biology and management, from 22nd – 27th October 2023.

Larval Culture Innovation

“Larval Culture Innovation – Lending a claw to lobster conservation” aims to improve the NLH’s ability to grow juvenile lobsters to enhancing our conservation outputs in terms of lobster stock enhancement. The aim is to improve larval survival rates in our lobster production systems.

How big does a lobster grow?

A question that we regularly get asked by our visitors, and although there is no simple answer, we hope to offer an insight into lobsters and their growth below.