Seascope had a very busy Christmas and New Year period with lots of visitors to the hatchery, a Christmas craft day and lots of lobsters to feed!!!
This year for our Christmas craft day we decorated scallop shells for Christmas decorations. After the great success of seashell Christmas decorations at Kilkeel’s Dickens day celebrations we decided to organise a Christmas crafts day at the hatchery just before the Christmas break. We received another a great response from both new and pervious visitors to the hatchery with some beautiful Christmas decorations covered in lots of glitter going home with our visitors for their tree.
During the Christmas break while most people sat at home watching terrible TV some of the visitors to the area came to Seascope to escape the cabin fever and get the brain working again by learning all about our Lobsters. Seascope would like to thank all of the visitors to Seascope since opening, the team and the Lobsters have settled in fantastically after a few bumps in the road we are now ready for 2016.
In 2016 Seascope is excited about all the amazing things happening in the hatchery this year. To start the year we have organised our first of many beach clean ups, the ‘Big Beach Crusade / Keep our Beaches clean on the 26th January at 1.30 pm meeting at the bowling pavilion. Seascope will provide litter pickers, rubbish bags and high-vis vests. We need as many volunteers as possible and everyone that helps gets a free visit to the Seascope hatchery and a complementary bucket and spade for all their help.
Along with the ‘Big Beach Crusade/ Keep Our Beaches Clean’ the Seascope team will also be educational all of our volunteers about the importance of beach safety and the local wild life that live on our beaches, rock pools and in our sea. The Big Beach Crusade / Keep our Beaches Clean is aimed at schools, youth groups and all community organisations however we need as many volunteers as possible to get as much rubbish off our beaches.
This year is looking to be very successful, after we have worked out a few teething problems the entire Seascope team has proved themselves to be a vital asset to the hatchery.
Seascope plan to introduce more marine animals into our hatchery in order to provide a better understanding of Irish Sea Life. As the start of the year is a slow period for fishing and especially Lobster we are going to utilise the hatchery for Oysters.
A large number of our Juveniles are now successfully pasted stage 6 they continue to grow stronger and bigger everyday. The team has begun to alternate the types of food we feed the lobsters and we are continuing to see further positive results from our juveniles.