Recovery of Lamlash Bay NTZ.
NTZ research
Ian taking out nephrops

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.