Last week, new marine conservation charitySea—Changers gave its first small grant to the National Lobster Hatchery inPadstow, Cornwall. The donation of £500 was formally handed over whenSea-Changers visited the Hatchery on 13th September 2012. The money will beused to feed the baby lobsters that the Hatchery nurtures for release back intothe wild.
Following the visit to the Hatchery,Sea-Changers' patron Maya Plass and its two Co-Founders Rachel Lopata and HelenWebb were given the opportunity to scuba dive and release some of the younglobsters into the sea. This was made possible due to the support of Newquay-baseddive operator, Atlantic Diving.
Chris and Annabelle Lowe of Atlantic Divinghave been supporting Sea-Changers for some time, raising the profile of themarine conservation charity's work with the divers they serve. They generouslysupported the lobster release, offering their boat and their knowledge of thebest local dive sites for the release of the lobsters.
The Sea-Changers team were joined by three marinewildlife educators for the lobster release dive and a total of around 90 babylobsters were set free at a dive site near Newquay.
Helen Webb, Co-Founder of Sea-Changers said– "It was a fantastic dive and so great to have a direct role in the LobsterHatchery's important work. The team at Atlantic Diving made the experience bothvery enjoyable and entirely safe – a big thanks to Annabelle and Chris."