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.
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
The effects of protection by the Lamlash Bay NTZ were
The response of commercially exploited crustaceans to protection in Scotland’s first No Take Zone – Lamlash Bay, Isle of Arran., Dubois P.
‘Spillovers’ of European lobsters, velvet crabs and brown crabs from