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Effect of Hwasung reclamation project on the life of fishing village resident

화성호 간척사업이 어촌 주민의 삶에 미치는 영향

  • JEONG, Byung-Gon (Department of Environmental Engineering, Kunsan National University) ;
  • CHANG, Ho-Young (Department of Marine Science and Production, Kunsan National University)
  • Received : 2016.10.25
  • Accepted : 2017.01.22
  • Published : 2017.02.28

Abstract

In order to investigate the effect of land reclamation on the life of local fishermen, a survey was conducted with the 246 people living in 12 different adjacent villages located in Hwasung District. It was found that income of residents decreased, while the amount of debts increased after reclamation. 65% of the people surveyed answered that their economic situation became worse than before and they blamed the decrease of fishery resources as the main cause. It further led to the loss of the family's means of livelihood. 40% of the people surveyed claimed that they wanted to leave the fishing village and believed that reclamation divested them of all their hope for the future. Regarding to the effect of reclamation project on the image of Hwasung District, most of the respondents have a negative view on the reclamation project. They have negative views even on the tourism, regional welfare, employment of community residents and local infrastructure. Therefore, it can be concluded that local community residents thought that reclamation project had negatively influenced their overall quality of life.

Keywords

Land reclamation;Local residents;Fishing village;Survey;Hwasung District

Acknowledgement

Supported by : 군산대학교

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