Benthic Community

Coromandel Oyster Farm (Credit: Raewyn Peart)

The effects on the benthic community from marine farms are well understood and can be summarised as: 1691

  • Enrichment of the organic content of the seabed in the immediate area beneath the farm
  • Smothering of benthic organisms
  • Debris changing the composition of the benthic community
  • Biofouling drop-off
  • Shading of the seabed which may impact on algal production

These potential impacts are described in more detail in the sections below addressing specific farmed species.

  1. Ministry for Primary Industries, 2013c

Last updated at 1:31PM on February 25, 2015