Philip Colbert Partners with Whitby Lobster Hatchery

Philip Colbert
Colbert in his studio. Image courtesy of the artist’s studio.

British Pop Artist Philip Colbert has officially announced his partnership with the Whitby Lobster Hatchery.

The collaboration will allow the charity to rear and release 7777 juvenile lobsters back into the sea. This support from Colbert advances the charity’s mission to foster sustainable practices and enhance the resilience of coastal communities.

Image courtesy of FAD Magazine.

The Whitby Lobster Hatchery aims to reintroduce 100,000 juvenile lobsters into their natural habitat annually. This initiative not only bolsters wild lobster populations but also secures the livelihoods of approximately 150 individuals in the Whitby area who rely on the lobster industry.

Yet together, they expand their mutual respect for the species into “The Lobstars” world- an international group of lobster enthusiasts- and embark on a global mission to safeguard marine biodiversity and the communities reliant on marine populations through Colbert’s influential work.

The Project

With the artist’s support, the Whitby Lobster Hatchery combines art and science in an exploration of camouflage theory. The project will test whether hatchery-reared lobsters mirror the colors of their surrounds, challenging conventional notions of genetic mutation. From February 12 through April 30, 2024, the partners invite audiences to join along on the journey through live-streamed session. You can follow along live on the project HERE.

From FAD Magazine:

Together, [Colbert and Whitby Lobster Hatchery] are embarking on a mission to safeguard the future of lobsters and the communities reliant on their thriving populations. At the heart of the collaboration is a shared passion for lobsters, and a commitment to environmental stewardship. 

The Whitby Lobster Hatchery project would like to thank Philip Colbert and team for their continued support for our project, lobsters and our oceans.Joe Redfern, spokesperson for the Whitby Lobster Hatchery project  

– Joe Redfern, spokesperson for the Whitby Lobster Hatchery project

The Whitby Lobster Hatchery is 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 they 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. 

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