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Understanding the Effects of Chinas Mariculture Development on Coastal Fisheries with Hydrodynamics and Sediment Transport Modeling

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Food Security

Growth in shellfish, marine finfish and seaweed production is being promoted aggressively in China to offset pressure on near-shore fisheries and to meet the countrys rising seafood demand. Researchers will develop integrated hydrodynamic, sediment transport, and ecological models to examine the potential impacts of large-scale mariculture (the use of pens, cages and drift lines for seafood production) on coastal processes and wild fisheries. With the direct involvement of leading aquaculture and marine scientists in China, the project aims to improve the siting and monitoring of coastal mariculture operations, and to provide policy guidance on intensive mariculture development that is compatible with the rehabilitation of wild fish stocks.

Principal Investigators:

Roz Naylor William Wrigley Professor, Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment and at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Professor, by courtesy, of Economics

Oliver Fringer Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Fio Micheli David and Lucile Packard Professor of Marine Science and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment