Lobster experts come together at University of Exeter Cornwall Campus
The University of Exeter Cornwall Campus has played host to some of the world's lobster experts at an event organised by the National Lobster Hatchery in Padstow.
The event formed part of the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) Legacy Programme, which aims to spread new scientific knowledge. It consisted of a day of seminars looking at stock enhancement in the UK.
Dominic Boothroyd, general manager at the National Lobster Hatchery, said: "As global demand for fisheries products grow, it is becoming increasingly desirable to have a more complete academic understanding of how we can enhance and re-stock populations of high value species.
"Understanding impact is an essential element of any stocking program and helps to inform protocol development as well as monitoring overall effectiveness."
Speakers from Norway, Canada and Ireland attended the event, along with experts from the university and the Lobster Hatchery, and delegates came from all over the UK.
Dr Dave Hodgson, associate professor of Ecology at the University of Exeter, said: "Events like this help to consolidate the University's role as a provider of research expertise to Cornwall's environmental sector.
"The lobster is an iconic species in Cornwall's marine environment and it is in everyone's interest to understand its ecology and exploit its populations sustainably.
"This event brought together researchers, conservation biologists and fishermen to great effect.
"We identified knowledge gaps, discussed modern approaches to filling those gaps and resolved to work together in developing the monitoring and modelling tools required to create a very modern and sustainable fishery in Cornish waters."