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.
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
The recovery of commercially fished crustaceans was studied in the
Summary Of York University Research Within Lamlash Bay No Take
This report aims to bring together the data collected from
A photoquadrat survey of the benthic community inside and outside the Lamlash Bay NTZ: are there signs of recovery?, Cross T.
The recovery of communities on the seabed in the Lamlash
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