Baby Lobsters To Be Released In Weymouth Bay
9:02am 30th October 2013
One thousand baby lobsters are being released onto an artificial reef created in Weymouth Bay.
A community group call Wreck To Reef have built the lobster's new home out of 2,000 tonnes of local stone.
The baby lobster which are just 2 centimetres long have been donated free of charge by the National Lobster Hatchery in Padstow.
They'll be tagged by scientist and are due to be released by divers on Wednesday.
Once on the reef it will take them 6 years to reach maturity - and local fishermen have volunteered to carry scanners on their boats to check their survival rates.
It's hoped once they're fully grown they'll leave the reef and breed.
Spokesman from Wreck To Reef, Neville Copperthwaite said, "Right from the start we have refused to become ensnared in the polarised world of conservationists versus people that make a living from the sea. After all, we all want the same thing, clean productive and healthy seas. It is sometimes useful to point out that if the land was treated in the same way as the sea and we never replenished it with new seed, we would soon run out of crops. The sea is no different and yet nothing is ever put back into it; so why should we be surprised that stocks are declining? Lobster restocking is practical conservation; it redresses the balance."