by Nick Hammond on Jun 22, 2022
Worldwide, there are 4 main threats to mangroves which include coastal development, shrimp aquaculture, charcoal farming, and natural disasters.
Today we're taking a closer look at each and learning what we can do about it
"Mangroves are magical forests where we discover nature’s secrets. They straddle the connection between land and sea and nature and humans. Mangrove forests nurture our estuaries and fuel our nature-based economies."
- Anne Birch / Marine Conservation Manager, TNC Florida
Now that we have a better understanding of these keystone trees, sustainable development, habitat restoration, and public awareness have started to slow declines worldwide.
Fortunately, shrimp farmers and ecologists are working together to create mangrove integrated shrimp farms that will mitigate loss of mangrove habitat.
In small amounts, charcoal harvesting has not made a devastating impact on mangroves, however large scale industrialization of wild mangrove charcoal has led to declines in some areas. Now that we better understand the importance of mangroves, harvesting of naturally occurring trees is now illegal in most countries.
Through our Buy One, Plant One® initiative we're working to replant and restore mangrove ecosystems not just here in Florida but across the globe. Learn more about our planting efforts as we work to change the world, by heading over to Our Mission page.