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Distant mangroves share similar fish communities, while neighbors can be different

Mangrove forests form complex and productive ecosystems at the edges of the tropical oceans, and provide key habitat for numerous animal species.  Home to terrestrial mammals and reptiles, flocks of migrating or resident birds, and schools of fishes that use the flooded mangrove forest floor as nurseries and feeding grounds, mangroves are teeming with life.1 ...

Gulf Mangroves Store Carbon by the Ton

Severely threatened around the world, mangrove forests provide us with many irreplaceable ecosystem services, including nursery habitat for fishery species (1), protection of coastal communities from storm surge damage (2), timber, and ecotourism revenue.  One mangrove service of global importance is long-term carbon sequestration.  Ecosystems that serve as carbon sinks, such as mangroves, remove and...

Mangroves are snapper generators

Juvenile yellow snapper (Lutjanus argentiventris) depend on estuary habitats in their first year of life. Pebble beds in the mouths of bays are their preferred recruitment habitat, where the smallest post-settlement individuals, approximately 2 cm in length, remain for about two months (1). Individuals then move to mangrove forests for another 10 months, where they...

How distance between mangroves and reefs could affect snapper populations

Several species of snappers are dependent on mangrove forests during their first year of life (1-4). These habitats have been categorized as nursery sites, because they have above-average densities of juvenile fish compared to other habitats (5). Once they leave the mangrove-nursery areas, snappers migrate to offshore reefs to find their home as adult individuals....

Mangroves: What is Mangroves Program?

Since 2007, the Gulf of California Marine Program works to define the economic and ecological value of the ecosystem services provided by mangrove ecosystems in the Gulf of California. This program has a holistic focus and uses ecosystem analysis techniques for research planning, data gathering, and interpretation. We have established actions and formulated questions relevant to management problems at the municipality, state, and federal government levels, which revolve around (a) highlighting the importance of different economic activities dependent on the services provided by mangroves; and (b) identifying the consequences of the loss of this ecosystem to local communities.


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