We hatch, raise and breed lobsters in a small research hatchery located in our onsite laboratory. This is the last year-round production facility for American lobsters in the United States. Our work currently is focused on improving hatchery rearing of American lobster for enhancement programs, and understanding shell disease in lobsters.
Through our American Lobster Aquaculture Program, we investigate nutritional requirements, brain development and pigmentation in captive-reared American lobsters. We are also collaborating with fishermen and scientists to develop a greater understanding of Lobster Shell Disease.
Learn how to run a small-scale research hatchery and care for thousands of larval and juvenile lobsters as a lobster volunteer or lobster intern. In addition to animal care, lobster interns have the opportunity to become actively involved in ongoing research projects.
Lobster hatcheries were developed in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s for the purpose of restocking natural lobster stocks and closing the loop on the lobster life cycle. Today, the New England Aquarium maintains the only year-round production facility for the American lobster in the United States.
People have been trapping and eating the American lobster in New England and Canada since the mid-1800s, if not earlier. Today, the commercial lobster fishery generates hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue, and is the most valuable fishery along the Atlantic coast of the U.S. and Canada.