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About Us

We are a small, knowledgeable and dedicated team; who are working to create a sustainable future for the Yorkshire coast and the local Whitby area. Working closely with the Yorkshire coast fishing industry we aim to release 100,000 juvenile lobsters into the ocean every year.

Whitby Lobster Hatchery will create an inspirational and engaging way to teach young and old about the benefits of looking after our environment and also provide a space to study and research our marine habitats.

All this work results in 3 core values; CONSERVE, EDUCATE & RESEARCH

Meet the Team


Terry Pearson



Operates a successful fish merchant business on Whitby fish. Terry has a passion for high quality sustainable seafood and is well connected with many local fishing businesses as well as other relevant stakeholders in the industry throughout the UK.

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Joe Redfern BSC MRes



Joe has a wealth of experience having previously worked as a lobster fisherman, for the fisheries authority and various underwater jobs around the globe. With a degree in Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology and an masters in Marine Biology from the University of Plymouth, Joe combines his qualifications and industry experience with a diverse skill set that includes hands-on practicality, project management and communications.


James Cole



James Cole is head of Whitby's Commercial Fishing Association. James comes from a long line of commercial Whitby fishermen. Currently he is the skipper of Good Intent with a direct link to the industry. James sees the hatchery project as one measure which will underpin the commercial fishing industry in Whitby and help to ensure the longevity of the industry into the future.


Mike Russel



Mike is a Whitby harbour veteran, with over 30 years experience saving lives at sea with the RNLI. Mike now works as an integral part of Whitby's fishing industry managing the fish quay and merchant tanks. Mike's invaluable experience with aquaculture and knowledge of the fishing industry makes him a great member of the team.

Cllr HeroSumner

Cllr Hero Sumner



Hero is a local business owner and representative on the town council board. Hero has supported the project from it's very early stages and believes in the range of benefits the project will bring.


Jenna Coleman



Whitby born and bred Jenna has a devotion and a passion for all things marine. Currently studying Zoology at University Jenna helps out at the hatchery with animal husbandry, social media and anything else she can get stuck into.


Ian Hazard

Lead Architect


York based Ian Hazard Architect, working throughout North Yorkshire, is a contemporary architecture and design practice focussing on high quality contextual design.


Paul Bullimore



Creative and lively character with over 20 years of experience within the industry. As a consultant Paul focuses on helping clients to design, plan and develop amazing visitor experiences worldwide. A key focus for Zooscapes is in developing a clear and concise, well laid out design package.

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Whitby Lobster Hatchery,
Pier Road,
North Yorkshire,
YO21 3PU,
United Kingdom

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