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The Yellow Sea ecosystem : Pollution, ecosystem threats, and environmental health

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  • Khim Jong Seong; Wang, Tieyu; Shane A. Snyder
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Title The Yellow Sea ecosystem
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Pollution, ecosystem threats, and environmental health

Material Type Articles
Author(English)

Khim Jong Seong; Wang, Tieyu; Shane A. Snyder

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[Amsterdam, Netherlands] : Elsevier

Date 2017-09
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Chemosphere:vol.182
Pages 3
Subject Country China(Asia and Pacific)
South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Territorial Development < Marine Development
Territorial Development < Environment
Holding Elsevier
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Abstract

Coastal ecosystems have been contaminated by various pollutants, mainly from human activities. In particular, during the past half century continuing heavy industrialization in burgeoning East Asian countries has resulted in increasing pollution of coastal and marine sediments. Concerns about contamination of the Yellow Sea between Korea and China are acute because of the restricted nature of circulation and flushing, very heavy development of industry and transportation that can adversely affect ecosystem services of economic importance provided in the region. More recently, multiple stressors through continuing coastal development including large scale reclamation projects, land-based coastal pollution, and sometimes accidental spills, including oil, have resulted in threats to ecosystems and potential negative effects on well-being of humans. Recent reports have also emphasized deterioration of ecosystem services due to over-exploitation, introduction of invasive species, and pollution of coastal environments by litter, primarily with micro and macro plastics. Despite the socio-ecological importance and marine ecosystem services being provided by coastal ecosystems of the Yellow Sea, efforts to control contamination were delayed and often limited to specific areas of concern, in general.