By Andy Hargreaves

A juvenile lobster. Photo courtesy of Paul Armiger.

A juvenile lobster. Photo courtesy of Paul Armiger.

Bryher-based Island Fish has made a commitment to help native lobster populations.

Their director, Amanda Pender, has signed up to the National Lobster Hatchery’s ‘Buy One Set One Free’ scheme.

It means that the business will donate money to the Padstow-based hatchery for every lobster order they receive.

The money raised will go towards raising baby lobsters for release in the wild.

The National Lobster Hatchery claim their initiative helps improve the survival rate of juvenile lobsters by around 1,000 compared to those that hatch naturally in the sea.

The hatchery has released over 200,000 baby lobsters over the last 15 years.

Amanda’s business will donate £1 to the hatchery for every lobster order she receives and Island Fish has committed to a minimum donation this season of £500.

Amanda says it means her customers can enjoy delicious Scillonian lobster ‘guilt free’ as they help to preserve our lobster stocks for the future.

Clare Stanley of the National Lobster Hatchery says the charity’s work is incredibly important and relies heavily on the support of forward thinking organisations and individuals that understand the need for an alternative and complimentary approach to fisheries management.

“It’s a great way for all levels of the seafood chain to help ‘put back’ and contribute to the charity’s work,” says Clare.