On combining coastal defence and aquaculture: opportunities in the Southwest Delta of the Netherlands

C.J. van Sluis, T. Ysebaert

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Abstract

In reaction to an extreme flooding event in 1953 in the south-western part of the Netherlands, the Dutch shortened and strengthened their estuarine coastline with dams, dikes and land reclamation. In retrospect, the construction of these large scale artificial coastal defence structures and the closure of several sea inlets have come with several adverse effects. Hard substrate (i.e. dikes, dams) reduced the area with natural habitats like saltmarshes, mudflats and sandy intertidal areas and their associated ecosystem services. In case of the Oosterschelde, adverse effects occur as tidal flats are eroding and slowly disappearing into the gullies which are too large for the strongly reduced tidal exchange and water currents.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationYerseke
PublisherIMARES
Number of pages43
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Publication series

NameRapport / IMARES Wageningen UR
PublisherIMARES
No.C191/11

Keywords

  • coastal management
  • protection
  • ecosystems
  • aquaculture
  • shellfish culture
  • south-west netherlands

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