Mangrove Forest Why Are Mangroves Important

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Mangrove Forest Why Are Mangroves Important

Plastic pollution is harming mangroves and mangrove swamp animals.

Mangrove forests are tropical trees that thrive in most conditions no other tree can. Mangroves can tolerate salty waters and flooding, large waves, or water flow during high and low tides.

The ability to store large amounts of carbon proves why mangroves are important in the fight against climate change. Protecting mangroves, are key to protecting our one-world ocean and planet.

Why Are Mangroves Important

 

Mangroves are important to both humans, animals and the coastline ecosystem to help prevent erosion. Mangroves also provide natural infrastructure and protection to nearby populated areas by preventing erosion and absorbing storm surge impacts during extreme weather events such as hurricanes.

Mangroves give Coastal protection due to the deep dense root systems that mangrove forests supply. Mangrove root structure helps trap microplastics and sediments flowing down rivers from our land. Dense root systems also help stabilize the coastline from large waves, typhoons, and hurricanes that cause large damage to our coastlines.

Threats To Mangroves

 

Mangrove Threats and solutions are not out of reach and we can all help save our mangrove forest. Shrimp farming has the greatest threat to our mangrove forest and is expanding rapidly as it affects our shrimp aquaculture industry. As tourism keeps expanding as a booming industry has become a vital source of income for many developing nations. Eco-Tourism is important as plastic pollution is a mirror reflection of tourism setbacks.

Coastal Development is also on the rise with high demands of parking areas taking away from surfaces that help filter pollutants. Bioretention cells are the answer to mini filters allowing runoff water to flow to these manmade areas as a solution to lowering runoff pollution harming our ocean and mangrove forest.

Other pollutants harming our coastlines and mangroves are charcoal, lumber, and phosphorus mining industries pollinating our local rivers, watersheds, and estuaries with overwhelming unnatural pollution runoff.

Conservation of Mangroves is vital to help protect the places we love so much and wildlife animals. Donate ten dollars or more to help plant mangrove plants that have been destroyed by wildfires, plastic pollution, or hurricane storms. Plastic pollution does get stuck or trapped in mangroves as a natural filter. Mangrove forests grow so dense it is hard to take a small kayak or wade into the areas to remove the plastic hanging in the trees or tangled in the root systems.

Florida Keys Maps and mangrove Forest

 
 

Mangrove Swamp Animals

 

Mangrove Swamp Animals

Mangrove and Coastal Zone Life include:

  • Barnacles
  • mussels
  • sponges worms
  • snails
  • small fish live around the roots
  • Mangroves water contain crabs
  • jellyfish
  • juvenile snappers
  • jacks
  • red drums
  • sea trout
  • oysters
  • tarpon
  • sea bass
  • snook
  • sea bass
  • wildlife birds.
 

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