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Conflict with Mangrove trees

grade 6-8

carolyn seiler

on 28 February 2012

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Transcript of Conflict with Mangrove trees

Research Notes Important
Details (cc) photo by Metro Centric on Flickr (cc) photo by Franco Folini on Flickr (cc) photo by jimmyharris on Flickr (cc) photo by Metro Centric on Flickr Basic info: Location: Importance of Forests: map over 110 mangrove species Located in tropic and subtropic areas Intertidal zones (midway between high and low tide.) Mangroves are very important to the adjacent coral reefs in that they filter out silt and nutrients that would otherwise go out to the reef and smother corals and encourage algal growth. In addition, they serve as refuge and nursery for the young of many reef fish. This is a mangrove formation. mangrove tree roots Mangrove Forests high-tide mark low-tide mark Nesting grounds for hundreds of species of birds.
Home to manatees, monkeys, turtles, fish, monitor lizards, and, in parts of Asia, the fishing cat.
In Florida, mangroves shelter endangered species such as hawksbill turtles, bald eagles, and American crocodiles. Why are mangrove trees endangered? upside-down jellyfish mangrove snapper oceans are rising, global warming, ergo, the ideal mid-tidal level will be changed causing additional problems for the forests. over 35% of forests have disapeared And arising conflict Rapidly expanding Shrimp industry lost 1 mill. hectares of land to make room for shrimp farming already Native marine aquatic species' nursery grounds have been displaced 250,000 hectares of what used to be shrimp farming land, now lies abandoned, because of both disease and pollution. The fate of remaining mangrove forests as well as the many animals residing in them, may now rest in the hands of these consumers from wealthy nations which import these luxury shrimp products. Since a highly profitable and expanding market is the driving force behind the shrimp industry, a worldwide reduction in consumer demand for farmed shrimp is called for. remaining mangrove forests are 2000, was 53,190 square miles (137, 760 km²) spanning to 118 countries and territories Shrimp farmers use mangrove areas because shrimp already breed there. Just not in such force. Concequence of Mangrove disapearance: Their removal has led to a marked increase of erosion and less protection against floods. Mangrove estuaries are also especially rich and productive ecosystems and provide the spawning grounds for many species of fish, including many commercially important ones. Shrimp farms
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