The Lyme Bay Experimental Potting project was set up by Plymouth University and funded by the Blue Marine Foundation in order to assess the impact of static potting on benthic reef habitats as well as commercially targeted species within the Lyme Bay MPA. The project was set up partly in response to concerns raised by local fishermen about the potential for an increase in static potting in response to mobile fishing being banned from inside the Lyme Bay MPA.
Started in 2013, this project manipulates potting densities across 4 experimental treatment areas to create a gradient of potting effort from no potting through to low, medium and high levels of potting effort. Inside these areas towed and baited video data are collected in order to assess changes in benthic and mobile assemblages in response to increasing potting pressures. Additional quantitative catch data is collected to monitor the commercial catch composition of mainly brown crab and lobster, the species primarily targeted by potting in Lyme Bay.
This project concluded recently, with a final report and summary available through the research project page on the DEFRA website.
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