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Seascope Lobster Hatchery and Marine Research Centre

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Unit 14 and 15 Binnian Enterprise Park, Kilkeel, County Down,
T: (028) 4176 9700

Northern Ireland's first ever lobster and marine hatchery research centre, based in Kilkeel.

Seascope NI lobster and marine hatchery research centre is the only marine laboratory in Northern Ireland open to the public. As well as seeing first hand the operation of a working marine hatchery, you will have opportunity to learn about our on going innovative research taking place in partnership with Queens University, Belfast.

Visitors can also learn about the wider marine environment and the importance of hatcheries and sustainability within our society today. We also have many different interactive activities for the children to take part in as well as having some fun with arts and crafts.

The visitor centre is aimed at encouraging a wider thinking and awareness of the importance of the fishing industry and sustaining the marine environment in Northern Ireland and the significance of carrying out innovative research in order to develop and support marine species for the future.

All of our staff are very knowledgeable and would love to answer any questions as well as making your time here as worthwhile as possible.