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.
Is there early evidence of the Lamlash Bay No Take Zone providing scallop fishery benefits?, Howarth L.
The possibility of scallop fishery benefits of the recently designated
Mapping of marine habitats and species within the community marine conservation area at Lamlash Bay., Steel L. (SNH report)
Scottish Natural Heritage contribute to the initial monitoring of the