I liked this piece because I have fond memories of kayaking through the mangroves and seeing wild manatees while living in Florida for the summer.
A lot of people don’t know about Mangroves and the way they benefit their ecosystem:
“Mangroves perform incredibly important ecological functions. They provide nursery areas for juveniles of thousands of fish, crustacean and mollusc species. In some places, their dense root and branch systems play a key role in coastal protection, acting as a crucial barrier against storm surges, flooding and erosion, which will pose a growing threat as climate change worsens. Their thick, tangled root systems also encourage the deposition of nutrient-rich sediments from rivers, trapping these before they reach the ocean and smother other important habitats, such as coral reefs. Mangroves are also crucial to the livelihoods and food security of local communities for the timber and other products that they provide, and the fisheries that they sustain.”
On top of all this, they are climate regulators.
“They are just a fraction of the world’s total forest cover, but whether mangroves survive and thrive or not will play a big part in determining the fate of millions of people – and of our planet.”