Artificial city

Incheon to install artificial reefs to protect marine ecosystem

Artificial fish reefs are seen in this photo provided by the Incheon Metropolitan Government.

INCHEON, 18 Feb. (Korea Bizwire)The Incheon metropolitan government announced on Thursday that it will install large artificial fish reefs in its sea area as part of efforts to cultivate fish resources as well as protect the marine environment.

After detailed design and consultation with authorities for the use of the sea area, the city government plans to spend 1.8 billion won ($1.5 million) to place artificial fish reefs in the three sea areas of Ongjin County with an area of ​​300,000 square meters from October.

Artificial fish reefs refer to man-made concrete or steel structures. After being put in the sea, they constitute an essential living environment for fishing.

The prosperity of algae attached to structures slows the speed of tidal flow, making it an ideal place for fish to live or spawn.

The city government has created artificial fish reefs with a total size of 122.37 square kilometers during the period from 1973 to 2021.

Sea areas with artificial reefs have seen catches of blue crabs, Korean rockfish and rock trout more than double, according to research by the Korea Fishery Resources Agency.

Ashley Song ([email protected])