Monday, 6 April 2015

Are UK lobster stocks dying out?

Lobsters are undergoing a renaissance, snapping up places on trendy restaurant menus. But, Gareth May asks, for how long will stocks last?

By Gareth May

11:23AM BST 03 Apr 2015

Lobster is having a bit of a moment. No longer the lavish dish of the ruling classes, they’re making a move for the mainstream. Dive into any number of London’s trendy hipster joints and you’ll see lobster on the menu. Getting ready for the big weekly supermarket sweep? Snap up a budget crustacean at your local Lidl.

With such high demand, you might wonder how UK stocks will handle the pressure. Luckily, they don’t have to. The majority of lobster we consume in the UK is from the North West Atlantic (i.e. North America lobster) so all those deals you saw over Christmas, from the likes of Aldi and Lidl, were from this stock.

That said, we shouldn’t be glib about our British supplies. The National Lobster Hatchery in Cornwall was set up to conserve the "vulnerable lobster populations" of the UK, working towards three primary goals: stock enhancement, formal and informal education and research.

According the hatchery’s website, both the Scandinavian and Mediterranean stocks of lobsters have completely collapsed and show no sign of recovery – something we certainly don’t want to see happen on these shores.

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