Protecting, Pioneering, Inspiring

Welcome to The National Lobster Hatchery

The National Lobster Hatchery is a marine conservation, research and education charity based in Padstow, Cornwall, UK. What makes us unique is that our work is specifically related to a commercial species – The European Lobster and in the last few decades we have successfully established ourselves as a centre of expertise on a global scale.

Marine Conservation in Action

Lobster is worth a huge amount in terms of both its economic and social importance. Consequently they are subject to considerable fishing pressure and vulnerable to catastrophic stock collapse. Our pioneering project working alongside the fishing community to proactively support sustainability and conserve stocks has established us as world leaders in our field.

News & Events

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 […]

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