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Aquaculture Structure (Geoform)

Component: Geoform

Unique Identifier: 218

Geoform Origin Anthropogenic
Geoform Aquaculture Structure

Definition These structures can take many forms: lines suspended over the sediment, floating wooden frameworks sub-tidal structures attached to the benthos such as wooden piers and platforms, and pens and enclosures (both at the surface and submerged). These structures are associated with the cultivation of fish, crustaceans, and shellfish for human use or consumption. They may be integrated into shallow water bays and ponds, or they may be deployed in deeper water. Due to their structural aspects, they can be attractive to fish and other animals. They are often sources of nutrients and, thus, have impacts on the surrounding ecology.