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Lyme Bay monitoring project

Monday 22nd September 2008

MarLIN is collaborating in a high profile Defra-funded project led by the University of Plymouth to monitor the ecological, fisheries and social impact of the permanent closure of almost 10 percent of Lyme Bay to scallop dredging and bottom trawling. Lyme Bay is one of Britains richest marine habitats, whose reefs are home to a wide range of marine biodiversity including rare pink sea fans, sunset cup corals and rare sponges, and this move constitutes the countrys largest ever closure of a marine area to protect wildlife. MarLINs role in this multidisciplinary project is to identify indicator species for monitoring recovery of reef communities and to assess the long-term effects of fishery area closure on long-lived and sessile benthic species.

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