Flamborough Head No Take Zone

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Flamborough Head NTZ is one of only a handful of fully-protected sites in the country and the only one in the North Sea

The No Take Zone was established in 2010 as a way to monitor changes in species and habitats on the south side of Flamborough Head, without any human interference.  Working with local fishers, this small area of intertidal and sub-tidal rocky shore, sandy seabed and boulders, is part of a suite of sites which provide protection to Flamborough’s unique geology and wildlife.

The North Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (NEIFCA) uphold the site’s protection and work with partners to monitor any changes in the extent and distribution of key species, such as edible crabs, lobsters and mussels.

No Take Zone Designation Byelaw

Research in the No Take Zone

The only No Take Zone to include both intertidal and subtidal habitats, a range of organisations carry out research within the site to understand more about any changes to the area.  Significant changes in the marine environment can take many years, so it is important to gather long-term datasets and analyse the results alongside changes in the wider environment.

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