Mangroves

Growing along sheltered tropical and subtropical coastlines, these woody shrubs and trees are critically important for the survival of our planet's aquatic wildlife. Their complex root systems - which have adapted to shifting sediments - provide a safe haven for growing fish and vital feeding grounds for thousands of species. If you tuned in to Blue Planet Live, you will have seen footage of their roots providing shelter for juvenile lemon sharks. Despite being one of the most productive ecosystems on the planet, mangrove forests are disappearing at an alarming rate due to coastal development, global warming and the fishing of shrimp, rice and palm oil.

 

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