This study investigated how biodiversity had changed within two separate zones in an MPA around the south of the Isle of Arran, Scotland – an NTZ, which is fully protected from fishing, and the remaining area which is open to a limited amount of fishing.
After ten years of the NTZ being in place (2008), and three years since the MPA was designated (2016), new data were collected in 2019 to compare the differences in densities and population structure of King scallop
Conclusions drawn state that the Lamlash Bay NTZ is boosting lobster biomass within its boundaries and is extremely important in echoing the invaluable contribution of NTZs in restoring and enhancing commercially exploited invertebrate communities.
A survey of 314 Arran residents and visitors was conducted to investigate the effects of community engagement by COAST. The results demonstrate that COAST’s conservation efforts have been successful from a social, as well as ecological, standpoint.