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    25 January 2024, Volume 2024 Issue 1 Previous Issue   
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    Pollution Control and Risk Assessment for Aquatic Environment
    Evaluation of eutrophication by satellite remote sensing based on machine learning: A case study of Huancheng River in Hefei
    Yong ZHANG, Hui WANG, Chuanhua ZHU, Hao ZHOU, Yu ZHAN, Can LI, Yifan XIAO, Lili YANG, Jiaqi LIU
    2024, 2024 (1):  1-8, 112.  doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1000-5641.2024.01.001
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    Taking Huancheng River in Hefei City as the study site, machine learning models such as linear regression, random forest, support vector regression, and lasso regression were utilized to establish the relationship between Landsat8 satellite data and water quality parameters, model the reflectance and water quality parameters of remote sensing image values, and compare the performance of four different models. Results showed that the random forest model performed best, and the accuracy of the inversion models for total nitrogen (TN), total phosphorus (TP), and ammonia nitrogen (NH3-N) was above 0.7. The concentration distribution map of water quality parameters showed that the pollution of TN and TP was the most significant in the northeast section of Huancheng River, while NH3-N was most present in the southwest section. The water eutrophication distribution map shows that the water body in the eastern section of the Huancheng River showed a moderate nutrition state.

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    Evaluation and Restoration for Aquatic Environment
    A review on the application of slow-release oxygen materials in the remediation of polluted rivers and lakes
    Yang CAO, Dungang GU, Guanghui LI, Minsheng HUANG, Wenhui HE
    2024, 2024 (1):  9-16.  doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1000-5641.2024.01.002
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    Oxygen-releasing materials are often used in the treatment and restoration of urban waters as an important method to enhance dissolved oxygen. The development of materials with slow-release property can improve the durability and stability of oxygen release in practical engineering. This paper reviews the preparation methods and oxygen release performance of the slow-release oxygen materials reported in recent years. Moreover, the effects and mechanisms of slow-release oxygen materials on the occurrence, migration, and transformation of pollutants such as nutrients in sediments and overlying water of rivers and lakes are reviewed. Finally, prospects and suggestions for the application of slow-release oxygen materials in the remediation of rivers and lakes are proposed.

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    Pollution Control and Risk Assessment for Aquatic Environment
    Evaluation of ecosystem health during ecological restoration of the shallow lakes along the shores of Taihu Lake
    Yong ZHANG, Can LI, Hualin ZHANG, Yu ZHAN, Hui WANG, Yifan XIAO, Lili YANG, Jiaqi LIU, Zhenglong KUAI
    2024, 2024 (1):  17-28.  doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1000-5641.2024.01.003
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    To judge ecosystem health of the shallow lakes along the shores of Taihu Lake in the process of ecological restoration, water body of Jinshugang polder was investigated during 2022. The comprehensive assessment index system of water ecological health was constructed, consisting of the target layer, criterion layer, and index layer, of which the criterion layer was composed of three items: function, integrity, and stability. The index layer was composed of 14 major items such as comprehensive water quality and nutritional status and 28 small items such as pH, temperature, and dissolved oxygen. The results showed that during the process of ecological restoration, functional evaluation index reached the highest in autumn, integrity evaluation index was better than that in spring and summer, stability evaluation index was the best in summer, with 70% of the points at the “healthy” level, and the comprehensive evaluation index of aquatic ecological health continued to increase. The results and system of comprehensive evaluation of water ecological health formulated for shallow lakes in Taihu Lake are not only important for subsequent restoration and management, but also provide a reference for water ecological restoration and evaluation of other lakes.

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    Treatment of industrial park wastewater using a combination of hydrolysis acidification, anaerobic-anoxic-oxic-anoxic-oxic, and Fenton oxidation technology
    Yanjie HUANG, Guoyi ZHENG, Huayong YU, Hanbin ZHU, Fudong YU, Jing WANG, Xuchao SUN, Jiguang YIN, Lei AN, Yuanyuan LIN
    2024, 2024 (1):  29-35.  doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1000-5641.2024.01.004
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    Industrial park wastewater is characterized by various components, changeable water quality, complex pollutant factors, poor biodegradability, and high emission standards. A full-scale industrial park wastewater treatment plant in Deqing was used as an example to investigate the technical-economic feasibility of a process combining hydrolysis acidification, anaerobic-anoxic-oxic-anoxic-oxic (A2/O+AO), and Fenton oxidation in treating wastewater from various enterprises, primarily printing and dyeing, food manufacturing, and metal processing factories. The effluent chemical oxygen demand, ammoniacal nitrogen, total nitrogen, and total phosphorus stably met the required discharge limits for Urban Sewage Treatment Plants (DB33/2169—2018), while other indicators reached Grade A standard for Urban Sewage Treatment Plants (GB18918—2002). The engineering investment and actual operation costs of the wastewater treatment plant were 8200 and 2.39 yuan/m3, respectively.

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    Research on water surface glint removal and information reconstruction methods for unmanned aerial vehicle hyperspectral images
    Shirui WANG, Fang SHEN, Renhu LI, Peng LI
    2024, 2024 (1):  36-49.  doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1000-5641.2024.01.005
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    Suppressing water glint pollution from remote sensing images and reconstructing image information are effective ways to improve the quality of UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) remote sensing information and increase water environment monitoring areas. It is difficult to apply traditional glint information reconstruction algorithms to UAV hyperspectral images. This study proposes an algorithm for automatic glint detection, removal, and information reconstruction. First, NDWI (normalized difference water index) was used to extract the water body, and the lowest value of the sum of grayscale images in the entire band was used as a threshold to segment the glint, and the Laplace operator was used to extract the glint texture. The difference between the two areas was calculated through multiple rounds of morphological expansion and threshold updates. The lowest difference occurrence frequency was obtained by voting, and the best threshold was obtained in reverse to remove the glint automatically. Then, we determined the matching bands based on principal component analysis and compared the minimum similarity of matching blocks of different sizes to obtain the best size of the image blocks. Finally, we used an improved Criminisi algorithm to reconstruct the flare removal region. The removal algorithm was applied to four real glint scenarios with a removal rate > 99%; the reconstruction algorithm results are superior to those of other algorithms both subjectively and objectively, and the difference between the variation coefficient of each band of the glint reconstruction for water and normal water was within 1%, indicating good spectral application capability.

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    Application of Ecological Purification Technology on Wetland
    Application of constructed wetlands to control rainwater runoff pollution from the water source
    Ting LIU, Wenxi ZHU, Chengjin CAO, Difang WANG, Haochen DU, Mengzhuo LI, Minsheng HUANG, Yan HE, Yating ZHANG, Xintong LI
    2024, 2024 (1):  50-57, 156.  doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1000-5641.2024.01.006
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    In this study, constructed wetland structures were established using different substrates (gravel and aerated concrete), with or without cannas planting. Subsequently , the effects of different working conditions on rainwater runoff pollution were investigated through small experiments. The cost of the constructed wetland with aerated concrete and cannas (4.20 yuan/working condition) was slightly higher (1.00 ~ 2.90 yuan/working condition higher) than those under other working conditions. However, in both cycles of operation (i.e., alternating operation for 30 h and drying for 48 h), the average removal rates of ${\rm{NH}}_4^+ $-N, ${\rm{NO}}_3^- $-N, TN, ${\rm{PO}}_4^{3-} $, TP and CODCr were 73.3%, 47.0%, 85.4%, 56.4%, 76.0%, and 65.5%, respectively. These values were higher than those under other working conditions by an average of 10.9% ~ 18.8%. Thus, this constructed wetland structure had the best effect and the highest cost performance. Therefore, it is suitable for promotion and application.

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    Study on ecological purification system of tidal-flow paddy wetland based on multifunctional coupling
    Hongshuo ZOU, Min FU, Mengdie XIAO, Shiwen SHENG, Ping XU, Xuechu CHEN
    2024, 2024 (1):  58-67.  doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1000-5641.2024.01.007
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    In this study, a pilot-scale tidal-flow paddy wetland system based on multifunctional coupling was constructed to treat land-based aquaculture tailwater of Macrobrachium rosenbergii. This study explored the purification ability, CH4 emissions, arthropod diversity, and comprehensive benefits of the tidal-flow paddy wetland system to provide a scientific basis for the application of this system. The results showed that the tidal-flow paddy wetland system could effectively purify land-based aquaculture tailwater. The removal capacities of dissolved inorganic nitrogen, total nitrogen, dissolved inorganic phosphorus, and total phosphorus were approximately 54.3%, 44.9%, 42.9%, and 43.0%, respectively. Simultaneously, the system had no negative impact on the external environment and indirectly purifies river water. Compared with conventional paddy fields, the tidal-flow paddy wetland system reduced CO2 and CH4 emissions by 5.4% and 92.5%, respectively. Compared to conventional paddy fields during the flooding period, the abundance of the mcrA gene in the tidal-flow paddy wetland decreased by 82.3%. Moreover, the tidal-flow paddy wetland system improved biodiversity and natural enemy abundance/pest abundance, inhibited pest outbreaks, supported more species, and increased comprehensive benefits compared to the control.

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    Evaluation of the effectiveness of coastal ecological restoration based on emergy analysis: A case study from the Yingwuzhou Wetland
    Rui DING, Xuechu CHEN, Wenhui YOU, Jiayu TU
    2024, 2024 (1):  68-78.  doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1000-5641.2024.01.008
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    Since the Yingwuzhou Wetland was established over five years ago, we have conducted comprehensive field investigation and monitoring. Constructing a reliable evaluation system with long-term monitoring data is important for the evaluation of coastal ecological restoration projects. Here, we used the emergy analysis method and collected the relevant data through field research, scientific monitoring, and literature review to construct an energy analysis structure chart and emergy value index system for the Yingwuzhou Wetland. The main emergy indexes, such as the natural assets and ecosystem services of the wetland, were analyzed, and its functional performance was compared for different restoration periods. The results show that the total emergy of the natural assets in the Yingwuzhou Wetland in 2021 was 8.92 × 1016 sej, which is equivalent to the emergy-monetary value of 2.247 × 105 yuan; the total emergy of ecosystem services was 8.88 × 1017 sej·a–1. After the implementation of restoration, the ecological quality of Yingwuzhou was significantly improved, and its natural assets and ecosystem service emergy were 5.01 and 5.73 times higher than those before restoration. The emergy self-support ratio (ESR) of the Yingwuzhou Wetland ecosystem was 0.47, and the emergy yield ratio (EYR) and emergy sustainable index (ESI) were 28.29 and 25.03, respectively, indicating that the wetland had high output efficiency and suitable space for sustainable development. This study shows that based on long-term monitoring data, the emergy analysis method can better reflect the effectiveness of coastal ecological restoration projects, and the evaluation system and method can provide reference for similar coastal restoration projects in the future.

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    Ecological Security of Estuarine and Coastal
    Comparative study of the vertical distribution characteristics of microplastics and sampling methods for microplastics in the water column: A case study in the Jiulong River estuary
    Chunhua JIANG, Jinxu YI, Lixin ZHU, Kai LIU, Changxing ZONG, Daoji LI
    2024, 2024 (1):  79-89.  doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1000-5641.2024.01.009
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    Due to the influence of tidal processes, sampling and study of microplastics in estuarine areas have been hampered by inconsistent research methods and large data errors. In this study, whole-water depth sampling was conducted in the Jiulong River estuary using the pumping method in August of 2019. The abundances and distribution patterns of microplastics among different water layers and stations were analyzed and compared with research studies performed using different sampling methods. The results showed that the microplastic abundances in the surface, middle, and bottom waters of the Jiulong River estuary were markedly different and influenced by tidal effects. The abundances of microplastics obtained by different sampling methods were also significantly different. The abundance of microplastics in the surface water was significantly higher than the abundances in the middle and bottom waters near the source of pollution, and the abundances of microplastics in the middle and bottom waters were higher than the abundance in the surface water within the main estuary, which is subject to strong tidal action and has obvious stratification. The pumping method was more effective than the trawling method at retaining plastic fibers. The volume of water sample filtered by the pumping method and the size of the filtering mesh had significant effects on the abundances and sizes of the obtained microplastics. Different sampling methods lead to considerable differences in microplastic abundance results, and it is necessary to take tidal effects into account during microplastic monitoring in tidal estuaries. Therefore, it is recommended that operational monitoring and flux observations of microplastics in tidal estuaries be established and that sampling methods for observation of full tidal periods of flood and dry seasons and high and low tides should be used.

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    Effects of cascade reservoirs in the Yangtze River Basin on estuarine saltwater intrusion and freshwater resources during late summer and early autumn
    Zhi JIN, Jianrong ZHU, Wei QIU
    2024, 2024 (1):  90-103.  doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1000-5641.2014.01.010
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    Large cascade reservoirs in basins impound water in late summer and early autumn and release water in the dry season of the following year. These activities affect seasonal river discharge into the sea which, in turn, affects saltwater intrusion in estuaries and the utilization of freshwater resources. This study evaluated the effective storage capacity of large cascade reservoirs and the value of cross-basin water transfers by the South-to-North Water Transfer Project in the Yangtze River Basin. The estuarine and coastal three-dimensional numerical model ECOM-si was used to simulate and analyze the impact of major projects on estuarine saltwater intrusion and freshwater resources. In 2020, the effective storage capacity of large reservoirs built in the middle and upper reaches of the Yangtze River Basin was 70.611 billion cubic meters with a mean reduction in monthly river discharge of 13,398 m3/s during the storage period of September to October. By 2035, the completion of additional reservoirs in the basin will raise the total effective storage capacity of these reservoirs to 94.388 billion cubic meters and reduce the average monthly runoff by 17909 m3/s during the storage period. Using data on average monthly river discharge measured at the Datong Hydrological Station from 1950 to 2020, and by taking into account variations in river discharge by major projects in the basin, the average monthly river discharge from August to October from 2020 to 2035 in regular- and extra dry hydrological years was calculated. Numerical simulation results show that saltwater intrusion from September to October will increase due to impoundment in cascade reservoirs and decreased river discharge. During regular hydrological years, freshwater can be obtained from the four water reservoirs in the South Branch of the Yangtze River Estuary from September to October. However, water from the Dongfengxisha, Taicang, Chenhang, and Qingcaosha reservoirs is unsuitable for water intake during these months, particularly in extremely dry years. In 2020, the total number of consecutive days with unsuitable water intake from the four reservoirs was 28.75, 24.99, 29.63, and 37.47 days, respectively, and is predicted to rise to 46.53, 44.18, 47.56, and 50.75 days, respectively, in 2035. The impoundment of basin reservoirs in late summer and early autumn during average- and extremely dry hydrological years exposes them to strong northerly winds which can significantly decrease water intake. Basin reservoirs should reduce storage capacity and release water during extremely dry years to ensure the safety of freshwater resources in the Yangtze River Estuary.

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    Temperature adaptability of dark carbon fixation in seawater fromthe Yangtze River Estuary
    Jiaming CHEN, Shiming WANG, Rongrong YANG, Ziyan CHEN, Xia LIANG, Lijun HOU
    2024, 2024 (1):  104-112.  doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1000-5641.2024.01.011
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    To clarify the effects of global warming on dark carbon fixation (DCF) in eutrophic estuaries, the rates of total DCF and DCF driven by ammonia-oxidizing microorganisms (DCFAOB) were studied under various water temperatures and nitrogen concentrations using 14C labeling (NaH14CO3) and the allylthiourea (ATU) inhibitor method. The Yangtze River Estuary was used as a study area and sampling locations were set up in the estuary and offshore locations. The DCF rates in the Yangtze River Estuary ranged from 0.23 to 0.33 μmolC·L–1·d–1 and that DCFAOB rates accounted for 4.13% to 43.61% of the DCF. Although DCF rates increase significantly under optimum temperatures, the increase was more obvious with changes in ambient temperature under low salinity. The optimum temperatures for DCF in areas of low and high salinity were found to be 30℃ and 25℃, respectively, with the addition of ammonia-nitrogen at these conditions significantly increasing the DCF rates. The results of this study reveal how dark carbon fixation in estuarine water can change when subjected to environmental temperature changes, thereby providing theoretical support and data references to aid in the comprehensive understanding and scientific assessment of carbon fixation and carbon sink flux in estuarine ecosystems.

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    Vegetation growth characteristics and the blue carbon effect ofrestored salt marshes at different developmental agesin Hengsha, the Yangtze River Estuary
    Xiaohan ZHANG, Huimin TIAN, Xuechu CHEN, Hualei YANG, Rui DING, Mingming ZHAO, Wenhui YOU
    2024, 2024 (1):  113-121.  doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1000-5641.2024.01.012
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    Coastal salt marsh wetlands have high productivity and low decomposition rates owing to long-term flooding, and these wetlands store a large amount of soil organic carbon. As newly restored salt marsh wetlands develop, changes in vegetation growth traits, soil physicochemical properties, and organic carbon content affect their carbon sequestration function. In this study, using a restored salt marsh wetland in Hengsha (Chongming, Shanghai) as an example, changes in the vegetation growth characteristics and soil organic carbon content of different vegetation communities at varying developmental ages were analyzed using the spatiotemporal substitution method. Key factors affecting the carbon sequestration capacity of these restored wetlands were also identified. The results showed that the organic carbon content in newly restored salt marsh wetlands increased with developmental age over 0 ~ 20 years. Soil porosity and water content were effective indicators of soil organic carbon content changes. The newly restored wetlands had a high soil carbon density, with a total organic carbon density of (21.49 ± 3.67) tC·hm–2 in the 0 ~ 20 cm soil layer of the eight-year-old wetland, similar to that of the natural wetland. The vegetation growth and carbon sequestration capacity of Phragmites australis were higher than those of Scirpus mariqueter and their ecotone.

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    Pollution Characterization and Risk Assessment of Heavy Metals in Sediments and Soils
    Assessment of water quality and heavy metal contamination of sediments after rice harvesting in a rice-shrimp co-cropping system
    Zhifu LI, Yonghong WU, Xuemei LIU, Dan LI
    2024, 2024 (1):  122-133.  doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1000-5641.2024.01.013
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    We explored nutrient distribution in water and heavy metal contamination in sediments after rice harvest in a rice-shrimp co-cropping system. Additionally, we assessed aquatic ecological risks by evaluating molecular ammonia toxicity and heavy metal levels in rice-shrimp fields and systematically analyzed the ecotoxicity of nutrients and heavy metals in water in the co-cropping system by monitoring physicochemical indices in water during the late cultivation period in four rice and shrimp co-cultivation fields. After rice harvesting, the water showed high pH (9.25) and the total nitrogen concentration, ammonia nitrogen, and COD reached 14.15, 11.49, and 92.01 mg/L, respectively. In perennial rice-shrimp co-cropping systems, elevated levels of ωAs (16.21 mg·kg–1) and ωCd (0.20 mg·kg–1) were found in sediments, exceeding natural baseline levels by 2.35 and 1.72 fold, respectively. Levels of other heavy metals were lower, in addition, the concentration of heavy metal was lower than the baseline levels of the sediments. The potential ecological risk index and our potential biological toxicity evaluation revealed low ecological risks posed by heavy metals in rice-shrimp co-cropping system sediments, which can be attributed to mineral elements required for Procambarus clarkii culture. In conclusion, co-cultivating rice with shrimp can potentially mitigate soil heavy metal pollution.

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    Pollution characteristics and risk assessment of heavy metals in soil of the public area in an industrial park on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River
    Wenchao LI
    2024, 2024 (1):  134-143.  doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1000-5641.2024.01.014
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    This study investigated the heavy metal distribution characteristics, assess the pollution status, and identify potential pollution sources. A total of 514 topsoil samples were collected in the public area of the industrial park, and 11 element concentrations were tested. The concentration distribution of heavy metals was characterized on the plane using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Our research involved the application of various analytical methods, including single factor index analysis, potential ecological risk index assessment, and principal component analysis-absolute principal component scores-multiple linear regression (PCA-APCS-MLR). The results revealed that all 10 heavy metals, except for Cr (Ⅵ) which was below the detection limit, were detected in concentrations surpassing the background values. The regional proportion were Cu (86%) > Cd (71%) > Co (53%) > Ni (50%) > Be (45%) > As (42%) > Sb (40%) > Pb (23%) > V (16%) > Hg (4%), and the concentrations of all major elements were relatively high. Moreover, there were areas with extremely strong (Cd element proportion was 1.7%, Sb element proportion was 1.5%) and very strong (Cd element proportion is 1.0%, Sb element proportion is 0.2%) ecological risk levels. They were all located near large chemical enterprises on the northwest side of the park. The composite ecological risk index of heavy metals in surface soil belonged to moderate ecological hazards, and there was a certain degree of ecological hazard risk. The main heavy metal pollution sources in the surface soil of the study area included chemical and combustion sources, natural sources, and transportation sources, accounting for 27.2%, 17.0%, and 11.0% of the pollution load, respectively.

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    Response of heavy metal distribution of surface sediments to aquaculture in Sansha Bay, Fujian
    Yixuan FANG, Maotian LI, Xiaoqiang LIU, Yan SONG, Mudong LIN, Huikun YAO
    2024, 2024 (1):  144-156.  doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1000-5641.2024.01.015
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    The impact of rapid development of coastal aquaculture on aquatic environments is an important topic in environmental science. Quantitative assessment of the impact of aquaculture on sediment heavy metal pollution has been challenging because of the complex conservative-nonconservative behavior of heavy metals in coastal brackish waters. In this study, Sansha Bay, Fujian Province, the world’s largest yellow croaker cage culture area, was used as a research area for offshore aquaculture. Using aquaculture data recorded by remote sensing images combined with the relationships between sedimentary heavy metals and salinity, this study sought to analyze the effects of aquaculture on sediment heavy metal pollution. The results showed that over the past 15 years, the area of cage culture in Sansha bay has increased from 9.1 km2 to 33.4 km2, and the maximum intensity of cage culture per square kilometer has increased from 3% to 22%. As a result, the average values of Cu, Zn, Cd, and Pb levels in the cuprophilic elements in the culture area increased by 44%, 11%, 15%, and 17%, respectively, compared to non-farmed areas, and the slope of the conservative regression line with an increase in salinity decreased by 27%, 35%, 18%, and 2%, respectively. The average values of the siderophile elements Cr, Mn, and Ni in the breeding area increased by 16%, 15%, and 29%, respectively, compared to those in non-farmed areas. The results of potential ecological risk evaluation showed that Cd is a potential environmental pollutant in the surface sediments of Sansha Bay, and Sansha Bay as a whole is at a medium ecological risk level.

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