Lundy Island
Title: Lundy; studying the ecological effects of a No Take Zone 19 years after designation
Funder and duration: The work undertaken in 2002 was funded by the Community Renewal Fund, North Devon Biosphere and South-West Partnership for Economic Prosperity
Fieldwork was conducted in partnership with the Lundy Marine Festival. Project duration was 6 months. 
Lead partners: North Devon Biosphere and University of Plymouth
Location: Lundy Island, North Devon 
University of Plymouth staff: Dr Sian Rees, Dr Emma Sheehan, Shion Reynell, Guy Hooper
Designated in 2003, the Lundy no take zone was the first of its kind in the UK and one of only four which currently exist in the UK including Lamlash Bay on the Isle of Arran, Flamborough Head in Yorkshire, and the Medway Estuary in Kent. It provides a unique opportunity to study the effect of strict levels of marine protection, which would provide valuable evidence to support the designation of the Highly Protected Marine Areas which have been proposed. 
In the summer of 2022, the University of Plymouth conducted a potting study at Lundy with the aim to assess whether the designation of an NTZ provides increased economic value to commercial fishers in the form of increased catch. The idea being that the exclusion of all fishing allows stocks to recover and overspill into the surrounding water for harvest. If successful, this system should enhance fisheries, generate carbon & biodiversity revenue, and develop tourism in coastal areas