Save The Mangroves!

The Benefits Of Mangroves

  • Provide habitat for various species
  • Help stabilize the seafloor
  • Filters Pollutants and toxins, and extra nutrients
  • The roots of mangroves help absorb the action from waves and help prevent shoreline erosion
  • Provides detritus
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Human Threats To Mangroves

  • Garbage (Littering)
  • Dredging Spoils
  • Oil Spills
  • Sewage
  • Slash & Burn
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Natural Ways Of Mangrove Destruction

  • Natural Forces - Severe Storms, Hurricanes, etc.
  • Strong Winds
  • Sediments can clog roots

Ways We Can Protect Mangroves

  • Get acquainted with Mangroves around you
  • Take action when you see others destroying your local mangroves
  • Anyone can help - Simply taking your time to throw something away or recycling

Conservation Methods

  • Buffer Zones - Help keep the environment together by providing a corridor for animals to migrate
  • Mangrove Trimming and Preservation Act- The Florida Department of Environmental Protection came up with an act, saying that Mangroves can not be removed or trimmed, without a permit from the FDEP
  • Mangrove Regulations- Determines who gets permission to cut down mangroves
  • Mangrove Replenishment Initiatives - Finding out the causes of mangrove loss and trying to remove those causes
Into the Mangrove Forest | UnderH2O | PBS Digital Studios