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Lyme Bay - A Case-study: Measuring the effects of benthic species and assessing potential - MB0101

Description
Summary Objective:
On 11th July 2008, 10% of Lyme Bay was declared a Marine Protected area and permanently closed off to scallop dredging and bottom trawling. This project aims to monitor the effects of the MPA, specifically to quantify the recovery of benthic communities using a number of focal/indicator species; to quantify and assess any potential affects to the scallop population; & to assess any socio-economic consequences of the closure and associated activity restrictions.

Key Customer Purpose:
The project will be used to assess the effectiveness of marine protected areas in achieving conservation objectives; the socio-economic implications of MPAs; and provide further detail on where fisheries management and conservation objectives could be integrated.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : MB0101 Biodiversity Report 2012 FINAL Apr2013   (1981k)
• FRP - Final Report : MB0101 Socio-economic report 2012   (2473k)
• Annual Report : MB0101 Annual Report No 1: A case study: measuring recovery of benthic species, assessing potential spill-over efffects of socio-economic changes   (3181k)
• Annual Report : MB0101 Annual Report No 2: Lyme Bay - A case study: measuring recovery of benthic species, assessing potential spill-over effects and socio-economic changes   (1961k)
• Interim Report : MB0101 Objective 1: Identification of indicator species for monitoring the recovery of Lyme Bay   (2597k)
• Interim Report : MB0101 Objective 7: Initial report on socio-economic costs of closing Lyme Bay to scallop dredging and heavy trawling gear   (1282k)
• IR - Interim Report : MB0101 Objective 4: Assessment the long-term effects of fishery area closures on long-lived and sessile species   (1800k)
• TPS - Two Page Summary : How do marine habitats recover when human activity is restricted and who is impacted?   (367k)
• TRP - Technical Report : MB0101 Report 1: Lyme Bay - A case study: measuring recovery of benthic species, assessing potential spill-over effects and socio-economic changes; 2 years after the closure   (2336k)
• TRP - Technical Report : MB0101 Report 2: Lyme Bay - A case study: measuring recovery of benthic species,assessing potential spill-over effects and socio-economic changes 2 years after the closure   (2340k)
• Two Page Summary : Two Page Summary: How do marine habitats recover when human activity is restricted and who is impacted?   (418k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2008

To: 2012

Cost: £625,434
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University - Plymouth
Keywords
Biodiversity              
Environmental Protection              
Marine conservation              
Nature conservation