Baby Lobsters Released into Scilly’s Waters

A young lobster

A young lobster

Scilly’s sea life will get a boost today with the release of thousands of baby lobsters.

For the fourth time, the National Lobster Hatchery is releasing more juveniles into the islands’ waters. 2,500 will be placed in the sea at depths of 15m to 20m by Scilly divers Anna Cawthray and Dave McBride.

The organisers are hoping that conditions will allow them to do this around the Western Rocks, as none have been released there before.

Around 30 juveniles will also be placed in the water off Town Beach at around 4.30pm. They’ve been brought over on the Scillonian.

Fisheries Officer Doug Holt wants the public to come along and see what the babies look like.

They’re very small, around 2.5cm long and it takes around seven years for them to get to 9cm, the legal landing size.

Doug says it will still take a few more years assessing whether or not local stocks are in decline and that’s why the current lobster tagging project is valuable work.

2 Responses to Baby Lobsters Released into Scilly’s Waters

  1. Lindsay Sawyer October 1, 2013 at 7:41 am

    The Lobster Hatchery is worth a visit if you are near Padstow…it is only small, but it is fascinating looking at the valuable work they undertake.

  2. Anna Cawthray September 30, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Here’s some footage of the lobster release http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmXVbc_SCxo