Today we went to the National Lobster Hatchery in Padstow, Cornwall.
If any fishermen catch mummy lobsters with eggs, they can take them to the National Lobster Hatchery and they will look after them until the eggs hatch and the baby lobsters have grown a bit. Then they will release them into the sea.
When the mummy lobsters are released, they put a v-notch in their tail to show that they’re a breeding female so if any fishermen catch them they have to let them go.
This helps make lobster fishing sustainable by making sure there are enough lobsters left in the sea and they can keep having babies. In the wild, not many baby lobsters survive to be grown up lobsters. Looking after them in the lobster hatchery until they’re a bit bigger so nobody can get them and eat them makes them more likely to survive and have their own babies. This means there will be more lobsters in the wild.
Overfishing is a big problem for lots of sea creatures. Overfishing is when fishermen catch too many fish for them to be able to have enough babies for the number of fish to come back before they catch more, which means there aren’t many fish left and they can become endangered and even extinct! This is bad for the fish and bad for other sea creatures which need to eat the fish!
The National Lobster Hatchery helps protect lobsters by working with the fishermen. And you can help too! The Marine Conservation Society makes a Good Fish Guide, which means if you eat fish you can get one or look on the website. The green-rated fish are the most sustainable and the best ones to choose and the red ones are the ones you should try and avoid. They make a new one each year.
When you buy seafood, please look for these two labels to make sure it is caught or farmed sustainably.
We rode our bikes to the National Lobster Hatchery on the Camel Trail. When we were riding our bikes back from Padstow to Wadebridge, we saw 10 disposable face masks that people had dropped on the Camel Trail! Disposable face masks are bad for sea creatures too because they can get tangled up in them and they have plastic in them which will never break down and disappear. Please help wildlife by using a reusable face mask!