Life after destructive fishing

dorsetMARINE life off the Dorset coast is beginning to bloom again after the area was closed off to ‘destructive’ fishing, experts say.

Since July 2008, dredging for shellfish and seabed trawling has been prohibited in a designated 60 square mile area of Lyme Bay through its Marine Protected Area (MPA) status.

A study of damaged reefs has revealed that closure to fishing gear in this area has improved the quality and abundance of marine life, with ross coral, king scallops and large sea-squirts showing definite recovery.

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