The European Lobster Centre of Excellence (ELCE) was founded in April 2013 in Padstow, England. The ELCE network has 13 members from 6 different European countries. The 2nd annual meeting was held in New Berwick, Skottland in 2014, where new members were recruited.

The 3rd annual meeting was held in Stavanger and Kvitsøy on the 18 and 19 May 2015. The conference gathered altogether 26 delegates from 7 European countries. Acknowledgement to the Nordic Minister Council and VRI-Rogaland for financial support.