Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department



Characteristic and Seasonal Change

What are the characteristics of the Marine Benthic Communities in the entire Hong Kong waters?

  • In the western waters, the benthic fauna in Deep Bay is different principally because of the estuarine conditions within the bay.
  • In the harbour proper (Victoria Harbour), the benthic fauna is characterized by species which can adapt to an eutrophic environment.
  • In the northeastern waters, the benthic community has relatively low ecological importance in terms of species composition and diversity.
  • The eastern and southern waters are more homogeneous in benthic composition and diversity, and thus reflect relatively higher ecological importance as compared with the above three regions.
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Last Review Date : 09 February 2018