updated Jan 9, 2017

Artificial Reef Survey Starts

Due to overexploitation and environment pollution of offshore areas, problems like depleted ocean benthos and deserted water areas have emerged. The marine ecological environment has been deteriorating while there are very limited available marine resources. Consequently, artificial reef, as an effective way to maintain and restore marine ecological environment and biological resources, has become a topic of general concern in recent years.

In an effort to construct artificial reef in a scientific way that could effectively maintain offshore marine ecological environment, the research project “artificial marine ecosystem building and comprehensive utilization” is undertaken by YSFRI. The project is granted by National Non-profit Basic S&T Research Fund of Ministry of Science and Technology and Science and Technology Program in Shandong Province. Researches are conducted in areas like structure optimization of artificial reef bodies, numerical simulation on the flow field and ecological effects of artificial reefs. In recent days, surveys and assessments on ecological effects of artificial reefs have made substantial progress. The exact loci of artificial reefs from 1980s were found on Oct. 5, 2007, which have been underwater for over 20 years for the purpose of abalone proliferation. Up to 50 artificial reefs are detected and marked. They are in a relatively good condition with no effects of subsiding or being buried under silt. The research team obtained some precious first hand information by methods like underwater observation, lifting of reef bodies and biological sampling. Through further analysis and survey, the research results could offer valuable reference for artificial reef construction and research in the future.


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