Coastal Urbanization Impacts on Biodiversity the Case of Marinas in Singapore


Marinas are typically designed as a semi-enclosed environment with a complex mix of structures that provide ecological niches throughout the water body. Water flow is inevitably reduced with a possible decline of water quality. This investigation was conducted to determine how marinas affect marine biodiversity. The three marinas studied - Marina at Keppel Bay (MKB), One Degree 15 Marina (ODF), Raffles Marina (RM) - all supported rich biodiversity. The combined 71 faunal taxa (two Classes, 10 Orders and 59 Families) from the soft bottom of all three marinas were dominated by polychaetes (71.4%) and arthropods (16.7%; mainly crustaceans). The total fish species was 49 from 31 Families. Reef-associated fish species were more abundant at MKB and ODF, while estuarine species dominated at RM. Epibiotic diversity was evident on the artificial structures in all marinas. The submerged sides of berthing pontoons supported up to 107 taxa, dominated by ascidians, macroalgae and sponges. Corals also recruited naturally with 10 and 22 scleractinian genera established on pontoons at MKB and on seawalls at ODF, respectively. In general, fish and soft bottom macrobenthic abundance and diversity were comparable or higher within the marina compared to the adjacent open water. The findings indicate that modified coastal environments such as marinas can support diverse biological communities.

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Loke Ming Chou, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Kok Ben Toh, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Chin Soon Lionel Ng, National University of Singapore, Singapore

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Conference: ACSEE2015
Stream: Environmental Sustainability and Environmental Management: Freshwater

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