In 2010, the University of York initiated a project in collaboration with COAST to study the differences between the seabeds protected within the No Take Zone and other areas.
To do this they have used many methods; diving surveys (counting what they saw), drop down baited cameras and lobster and crab surveys with local fishermen.
They have since found that biodiversity has increased by 50%. The populations of scallops and European lobsters are 2-3 times higher within the No Take Zone. There are also more individuals that are reproductively active which can seed the surrounding grounds.
This goes to show how spatial management measures like marine protected areas are good for both fisheries and conservation.
Have a look at the papers published about the recovery of Lamlash Bay No Take Zone since 2010.
Marine life has returned at dramatic levels to the waters of the Lamlash Bay No Take Zone, a new study from the University of York has shown. There are nearly four times more king scallops in the area since 2010 and larger lobsters are more abundant.
The influence of the Lamlash Bay no-take zone on spatial and temporal variation in the recovery of commercially exploited crustaceans. Crimmins, E.
After nearly 10 years of protection, this study assesses whether the No Take Zone in Lamlash Bay has been successful in preserving and enhancing commercially important populations of European lobster, Brown crab and Velvet swimming crab.
Effects of ecosystem protection on scallop populations within a community‑led temperate marine reserve., Howarth L. et al.
Dive surveys between 2010 and 2013 found an increased abundance
The effects of a No-Take-Zone on crustacean population recovery in Lamlash Bay, Scotland., Christie B.
The Lamlash Bay NTZ protects the commercially fished European lobster,
Response of decapod Crustaceans to protection within the Lamlash Bay No-take Zone, Scotland., Judge M.
The abundance and characteristics of European lobsters, brown crabs and
Gimme Shell-ter: Abundance, age/size, structure and fecundity of Pecten maximus and Aequipecten opercularis inside and outside a temperate no take zone., Steadman D.
King and queen scallops were collected and measured inside and