Lobsters To Be Released On New Reef
8:30am 15th November 2013
(Updated 5:54pm 15th November 2013)
One thousand baby lobsters are being released on a specially built reef in Weymouth Bay.
The artificial structure, made from 2,000 tonnes of Portland stone, was put together by a local community group of fisherman, divers and scientists.
The planned release of the lobsters, that measure at just 2cm long, was delayed last month due to bad weather.
They were donated to the reef by the National Lobster Hatchery in Padstow.
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."