There is a twist in the (lobster) tail for Cardiff's newest eating place, as they create an unlikely alliance - to help protect lobsters
Cardiff's latest flagship restaurant is creating an unlikely alliance - to help protect lobsters.
Later this month will see the opening of Seafood Shack on High Street, which will not only be providing fresh seafood, but will also be looking after their welfare by joining a group of maritime businesses backing the marine conservation, research and education work of The National Lobster Hatchery.
The NLH, which is based in Padstow, Cornwall, helps conserve native lobster populations by raising baby lobsters at their quayside hatchery, then releasing them at a stage when they are better able to survive in the wild. They created the clever scheme entitled ‘Buy One Set One Free’ to enable seafood suppliers and their customers to all do their bit to help sustain vulnerable stocks. Seafood Shack will make a donation on every lobster which goes to the NLH to help them raise and release a baby lobster back, on the customer’s behalf.
Terry Rogers, Operations Director of Seafood Shack says, ‘We are so pleased to have found the National Lobster Hatchery. Who wouldn’t love the idea that simply by dining in our restaurant, you are helping to raise and release baby lobsters back into our waters to help sustain vulnerable stocks.”
Seafood Shack is set to make quite a splash in Cardiff, with the newest addition to the capital’s thriving culinary scene offering a nautically-designed casual-dining restaurant, specialising in high-end dishes. The site incorporates a Victorian-style fish and chip bar with its own street entrance; a 150-capacity ‘shanty tavern’ which serves an extensive menu not limited to seafood, teamed with a variety of cocktails, over 100 wines, 50 craft beers and champagnes, gins and classic whiskies.
There is also a 200-seat restaurant, a champagne and oyster bar, and a roof garden.
Clare Stanley of the National Lobster Hatchery said “We couldn’t be more delighted to have The Seafood Shack on board with the NLH Buy one, set one free scheme. Our supporters and their customers are significantly helping to support and raise awareness of the NLH’s pioneering work and they are setting a fantastic example to all who utilise our native marine resources."
The NLH has helped to improve juvenile lobster survival rates by around 1000 times compared to those that hatch naturally in the wild. With the help of local fisherman and dive schools, it has released over 200,000 baby lobsters in the last 15 years.