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kfas, vol. 55, no. 5, pp.598-611, October, 2022

Environmental Impact Assessment of Fish Cage Farms Using Benthic
Polychaete Communities

국립수산과학원 어장환경과, 1국립수산과학원 서해수산연구소 자원환경과, 2지오시스템리서치


    The aim of this study was to investigate the range of influence of aquaculture activities in fish cage farms located on the southern coast of Korea (Farm A and B in Hadong, Farm C in Tongyoung, and Farm D in Geoje) by analyzing the distribution and characteristics of polychaete communities. Farm A and B showed remarkably high aquaculture intensity, and as a result, the polychaete communities near the farms were heavily polluted. However, there was a difference in the polychaete communities at a distance greater than 30 m from farm A and B, which may be due to topographical differences. The effect of the aquaculture activity of Farm C was only observed below the farm, however, the influence of aquaculture activities Farm D was maintained over a relatively long distance. According to the results of this study, the effect of the fish cage culture was mainly influenced by factors related to the production of fish, such as the stocking amount and the amount of food supply. Moreover, the distance at which the influence of aquaculture activity was observed was found to be closely related to the topographical characteristics and flow velocity around the farms.

  • Keyword

    Polychaete community, Fish cage farms, Benthic health index, Organic enrichment, Impact by distance