The Whitby Marine Discovery Centre is a new attraction that opened its doors in August 2023. I’m so happy we got to visit, last time we went to Whitby, it was just about to open. It has 30 native marine species spread across three large tanks. The marine centre is a great way to explore some of the local sea life while in Whitby. While it’s only a small centre, there’s still lots to learn. Especially about the Lobster Hatchery which aims to release 100,000 lobsters back into the wild each year.
Whitby in North Yorkshire has a long history of fishing and a great fishing community, so this is a great attention to the fishing town and perfect to visit in wet weather when the beaches of Whitby are off-limits.
The Yorkshire Coast BID Partnership
The Yorkshire Coast BID partnered with the Whitby Marine Discovery Centre to support the development of the visitor centre. This collaboration is part of the BID’s commitment to sustainability and supporting local businesses and organisations. The BID has made a significant investment to transform an unused section of the fish market into the Marine Discovery Centre.
This new space will allow families and visitors to learn more about the conservation work undertaken and the marine species protected. The partnership with the Whitby Marine Discovery Centre is just one of the many investments made by the BID in promoting sustainable projects and events. This commitment is aimed at protecting the area’s wild and marine life and supporting businesses that make greener choices.
A Peek into the Marine Life
The centre is home to a range of fascinating marine creatures. You can expect to see and learn about:
- Various fish species
- And much more
You can see the fascinating world of these creatures in the centre’s three large tanks and even interact with some species in the touch pool.
The Whitby Lobster Hatchery
Adjacent to the Discovery Centre is the Whitby Lobster Hatchery, a crucial project focused on lobster conservation. The Hatchery aims to ensure a sustainable and abundant future for lobsters along the Yorkshire Coast.
Lobsters are a valuable asset to the Yorkshire Coast, contributing significantly to the local economy. However, their life cycle is fraught with challenges, necessitating the need for conservation efforts.
Despite lobsters laying up to 20,000 eggs per cycle, only about one per cent of the larvae survive. The Whitby Lobster Hatchery seeks to improve these odds by providing a secure environment for developing lobster eggs, thereby increasing the survival rate to about 30-50%.
One of the most exciting aspects of the hatchery’s work is the release of juvenile lobsters into the ocean. The hatchery has set an ambitious goal to release 100,000 juvenile lobsters into the ocean each year. One of the remarkable achievements so far was the release of their first group of baby lobsters in June. As the summer season progressed, the hatchery was successful in hatching many juveniles, ready for release.
The hatchery also plays an educational role, informing visitors about the importance of conservation efforts and the benefits of caring for the environment and marine habitats. This centre is not only contributing to the sustainability of the local fishing industry but is also creating a fun and educational place for tourists to visit.
Our Visit To Whity Marine Discovery Centre
The Marine Discovery Centre is only small, we only spend about 20 minutes in there. There are a few tanks that have different species in them. You can have a look in your own time and read the screens and information dotted about the centre. It was amazing to see the baby lobsters in one of the tanks. They were tiny! I overlooked them at first, but the woman who was working there was telling a group of people about them all which brought my attention to them.
It gives you the chance to explore the wonders of marine life, learn about its conservation efforts, and learn more about the importance of preserving our oceans.
There’s also a small shop area at the end where you can buy some merchandise, such as t-shirts, ups and soft toys.
The Helpful Staff
The staff at the Whitby Lobster Hatchery and Marine Discovery Centre are more than just employees – they’re guides, educators, and passionate advocates for marine conservation. If you want to ask any questions about anything, they are there to help you!
Marine Discovery Centre Prices
Adult – £5.00
Concession – £4.00
Child – 12 & Under – £4.00
Family – £15.00
Children Under 5 – Free
– Children under 7 MUST be accompanied by an adult
– Family deal: 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children
You can book online or buy your tickets from a machine by the entrance, then scan the receipt to enter.
Address: Whitby Marine Discovery Centre, Pier Road, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3PU
It’s easy to get there, it’s right on Whitby Harbour opposite the amusements, so it’s in a popular spot that you’ll likely walk past when visiting Whitby.
Visit The Whitby Lobster Hatchery and Marine Discovery Centre
The Whitby Lobster Hatchery and Marine Discovery Centre offer much more than just a peek into the world of marine conservation. They’re a testament to the power of community, education, and sustainability. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, spending time here is not just about having a great time – it’s about being part of a movement for a sustainable future.