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  Fishing ban brings sea life boom
Updated 14 October 2004, 18.26
Lobster
Sea creatures are flourishing in an area near Devon since catching fish, lobsters and crabs was banned there.

Numbers of lobsters in the area to the east of Lundy Island have tripled in 18 months, surprising scientists who thought it would take three years.

The zone was set up to try to solve the problem of falling numbers of fish and shellfish and restore other wildlife which has been hit by over-fishing.

The full effects of the zone will not be known for another four years.

Scientists hope the growing numbers of animals in the protected zone will spill out into the surrounding sea.

That would benefit the fishermen in the area as they would be able to catch them.

Lundy Island is 12 miles north of the Devon coast, and is England's only marine nature reserve.

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