This study investigated how biodiversity had changed within two separate zones in an MPA around the south of the Isle of Arran, Scotland – an NTZ, which is fully protected from fishing, and the remaining area which is open to a limited amount of fishing.
After ten years of the NTZ being in place (2008), and three years since the MPA was designated (2016), new data were collected in 2019 to compare the differences in densities and population structure of King scallop
The South Arran marine protected area (MPA) on the West coast of Scotland contains one of only three no-take zones within the UK and has strict management plans for zonation within the MPA. Two years on from it’s formation, this study looks to use baited remote underwater surveys to investigate the fish assemblage and biodiversity within the MPA.
A survey of 314 Arran residents and visitors was conducted to investigate the effects of community engagement by COAST. The results demonstrate that COAST’s conservation efforts have been successful from a social, as well as ecological, standpoint.