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Need Another Reason to Conserve Mangrove Habitats? Think about Your Economy.

Mangroves are a very important ecosystem, and yet they are one of the most threatened and fastest disappearing. Since 1980, between 20 and 35% of mangrove area has been cleared, largely to accommodate coastal development and aquaculture.1 As seen in Figure … Continue reading

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In order to Save Coral Reefs . . . We need to Save the Mangroves

The rainbow parrotfish (Scarus guacamaia) is the largest herbivorous fish in the Atlantic Ocean.1 As such, it plays an important role on coral reefs by grazing on and limiting the macroalgal biomass. A single juvenile parrotfish can take 28,000 bites … Continue reading

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Mangroves: Their Importance on Both Reef Species’ and Human’s Environments

When situated near coral reefs, mangroves affect the reef communities in many interesting ways. Mangroves are trees that can grow in environments with poor oxygen content. Mangroves can grow in fresh, brackish, and salt water. The term ‘mangrove’ does not … Continue reading

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