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What are the benefits of mangroves

Australia’s mangroves have a broad range of benefits based on their primary and secondary production, as well as their woody biomass and forested structure. The benefits of mangroves include:- fishery products of both estuarine and coastal fishes, crustaceans and molluscs; shoreline protection based on mangrove tree and root structures in reducing erosion, and providing stand protection from waves and water movement; nutrient uptake, fixation, trapping and turnover; carbon sink and sequestration; secondary production via grazing and decomposition of mangrove plants plus associated microbial and faunal production; sediment trapping based on mangroves being a depositional site for both water and airborne sediments that help reduce turbidity of coastal waters; a habitat for specialised fauna; a nursery habitat; food resources for animals such as migratory birds and fish; occasional forest products like timber and firewood; and, visual amenity where selected mangrove trees provide shoreline beautification.

Australia's Mangroves - the book

The authoritative guide to Australia’s mangrove plants.

Author: Norm Duke, Design & Layout: Diana Kleine. To see more details of this book - click on the link below

Australia's Mangroves - the book

Getting Involved

If you would like to find out more about us or if you like to initiate your own MangroveWatch group within your area, please contact someone at the Mangrove Hub. We will be happy to help.

  • Mangrove Hub Facilitator
  • Dr Norm Duke
  • MangroveWatch Ltd
    ABN: 44 153 297 771
  • PO Box 1250,
  • Elanora Q 4221
  • Mangrove Hub Email

Mangrove Watch Brochure

You can download our fact and information sheet (see link below) to get more information about the MangroveWatch programs.

Mangrove Watch Brochure