Effects of coastal reclamation on riverine macrobenthic infauna (Sungei Punggol) in Singapore

  • L. LuEmail author
  • B.P.L. Goh
  • L.M. Chou


A three-year annual survey (1998–2000) wascarried out at Sungei (= River) Punggol ofSingapore to investigate the effects of coastalreclamation on macrobenthic community. Familynumber and abundance of macrobenthossignificantly decreased close to the reclaimedarea but significantly increased away from itduring the survey period. Community structureof macrobenthic infauna also changedsignificantly over time. Very few benthicanimals were found near the reclaimed area, andfamily number and abundance of macrobenthosincreased with distance from the reclaimedarea. These results suggest that reclamationhas a damaging effect on macrobenthic communityand significantly changes the community structure of macrobenthos, but may be beneficial to benthic infauna beyond the reclaimed area.

coastal environment macrobenthic infauna reclamation Singapore 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tropical Marine Science InstituteNational University of SingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.National Institute of EducationNanyang Technological UniversitySingapore
  3. 3.Department of Biological SciencesNational University of SingaporeSingapore

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