The Role of Mangroves in Fisheries Enhancement
Aquaculture, fisheries and coastal agriculture
Some 210 million people live in low elevation areas within 10 km of mangroves and many of these directly benefit from mangrove-associated fisheries. Yet, these people are often unaware of the key role mangroves may play, especially if the associated fisheries are offshore.
A new study by Wetlands International, The Nature Conservancy and the University of Cambridge, concludes that mangrove conservation and restoration in areas close to human populations will render the greatest return on investment with respect to enhancing fisheries.
Author(s): James Hutchison, Mark Spalding and Philine zu Ermgassen