Releasing Larry the Lobster

by National Lobster Hatchery in Padstow, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 16th October 2019 we successfully raised £10,596 with 102 supporters in 65 days

The release of thousands of 1 to 3 year-old lobsters to support the sustainability of lobster stocks across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

by National Lobster Hatchery in Padstow, England, United Kingdom

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                                        Help us fill our Lobsterometer!

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Over the last 20 years the National Lobster Hatchery (NLH) have released over 250,000 inch-long baby (2- to 3-month-old) lobsters back into the wild, to help conserve vulnerable lobster populations.

So why do we need your help now?

We have carefully nurtured thousands of lobsters in environmentally-enriched sea-based homes as part of the pioneering Lobster Grower 2 project. Following its successful completion we have thousands of 1 - 3 years old juvenile lobsters perfectly ready and raring to be released back into our Cornish waters. 

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Normally, we release young lobsters at around 2 - 3 months old, at this stage they are benthic (bottom dwelling) and have a higher chance of survival than in their early stages of life.

However, what happens next is an ecological mystery. 

The 1 - 3 year old lobsters from Lobster Grower 2 are now big enough to be tagged and tracked, and have the potential to provide us with a wave of new insights into the first few years of lobster life. 

This is where you come in! With your help we can gain this groundbreaking information which will enable us to conduct these releases in a strategic manner. 

Such a release, both in terms of number and lobster age, has never been undertaken before. The sea-based systems in which the lobsters were reared has provided a transition step between the hatchery and the wild, producing larger, fitter, healthier lobsters that will therefore have a brilliant chance of survival following release.

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Apart from the warm fuzzy feeling you get from 'putting back' and helping to conserve our Cornish marine life, we also have a range of unique money can't buy rewards - just for you.

 Check out the perks below and be sure to click on your desired perk on the right side when you donate! 

£10 will give you the chance to WIN a trip to Tresco Island on the Isles of Scilly

Limited Edition Adoptions!

If you fancy being a mega Lobster Lover, you could also... 

Any donations we receive are hugely appreciated - We couldn't do this without your awesomeness!  

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You will be playing a vital role, not only in supporting our local lobster populations, but ultimately in helping to safeguard our coastal communities and fishing industry.

Your money will go towards the retrieving of the lobsters by qualified and dedicated sea-going scientists, collecting detailed data and ensuring the precious lobsters are safely transported to their new home in the wild.

If we exceed our target, we will use the money to conduct community education work raising awareness in marine sustainability and protection of the marine environment.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

Win a trip to the Isle of Scilly

WIN a trip for 2 night on the magical Tresco Island on the Isle of Scilly just by entering into our Prize Draw! Tresco Island Estate have very kindly donated a 2 night stay for 2 people in their sensational 4 Star New Inn for the real island experience. There is no need to worry about transport either, as The Steamship Company have generously provided two return tickets on Scillonain as well!

£5 or more

Prize draw to go on a boat and help release Larry

Support us by pledging £5 your name will be entered into a grand prize draw. The winner and their family will come out with the NLH research team and help release juvenile lobsters.

£10 or more

A virtual lobster kiss

Your donation will help spread the lobster love by contributing directly towards releasing Larry. In return we will send you a personalised thankyou in the form of a virtual lobster kiss.

£15 or more

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The Brilliant Bronze Lobster

A fantastic opportunity to adopt our littlest of the larger lobsters - an amazing 1 year old juvenile. Your adoption will help to cover the costs of its release back into the wild AND You get to... - Name your Lobster - See where your Lobster has been released PLUS receive a special adoption pack and a bronze certificate to say you’ve contributed to the Releasing Larry Campaign.

£30 or more

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The Super Silver Lobster

The Super Silver Lobster (2 Year Old Lobster Adoption) A unique opportunity to adopt our special 2 year old lobsters. Your adoption will help to cover the costs of its release back into the wild AND You get to... - Name your Lobster - See where your Lobster has been released PLUS recieve a special adoption pack and a SILVER certificate to say you’ve contributed to the Releasing Larry Campaign.

£50 or more

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The Golden Lobster

A rare opportunity to adopt one of our oldest of lobsters - a 3 year old juvinile. Your adoption will help to cover the costs of its release back into the wild AND You get to... - Name your Lobster - See where your Lobster has been released PLUS recieve a special adoption pack and a Golden certificate to say you’ve contributed to the Releasing Larry Campaign.

£1,000 or more

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Become a Lobster Grower

You will become a marine biologist for the day as you try your hand at rearing baby lobsters by shadowing one of our lobster hatchery technicians for the day. This hands-on experience will give you exclusive insight into the process we use to grow our baby lobsters. Participants must be over 18.

£1,500 or more

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Personally Release Larry the Lobster

You will join the National Lobster Hatchery's research team and experience a once in a lifetime opportunity of releasing juvenile Larrys in a location around the Cornish coast.

£5,000 or more

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Lifetime Patron of the National Lobster Hatchery

As a Patron of the National Lobster Hatchery you will be playing a very important role in helping to create future safeguards for our marine resources, seafood related industries and coastal communities. For more info on our patrons club visit: https://www.nationallobsterhatchery.co.uk/support-us/patrons-club/

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