MANGROVES ARE VITAL
TO OUR SURVIVAL

Red Mangrove

RED MANGROVE

Rhizophora mangle

They are found nearest the coast and can grow to about 20 feet tall. Characterized by arching roots and long hanging seed pods. The seed pods can root immediately or float in the water until they find more suitable ground.

Black Mangrove

BLACK MANGROVE

Avicennia germinans

They are found immediately inland from red mangroves. Characterized by circular pods and outward extending roots, which burrow underground and send up pneumatophores that often stick out above the water like snorkels.

White Mangrove

WHITE MANGROVE

Laguncularia racemosa

They are found more inland in tidal areas, lagoons and ponds. Characterized by rounded leaves at the base and tip. Two glands at the base of each leaf act as perspiration glands removing excess salt and sugar to attract helpful insects.

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Preserving an environment that includes mangroves requires raising awareness of how the abundance or loss of resources impacts humans. Take a look at why we need this bio-diverse ecosystem.

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FOOD
WE EAT

Mangroves provide food and habitat for more than 90% of commercial fishery species and more than 70% of Florida’s sportfish species. Without healthy mangrove forests, our fish populations would not be sufficient to support us.

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AIR
WE BREATHE

Mangrove forests are among the most carbon-rich habitats on the planet. These trees take carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas thought to be a factor in the warming of our planet, from the atmosphere and store it in carbon-rich soil around their roots.

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WATER
WE DRINK

Mangroves filter sedimentation, nutrients and toxins including phosphates, nitrates and ammonia, thus improving water quality by balancing pH and increasing dissolved oxygen. This is vital for seagrass, marine life and yes, humans.

mangrove blocking your view dont cut it down!

THE HOME
WE SHARE

Even if the mangroves block your view, don’t tear them down! We need these amazingly strong trees to stabilize the shoreline from erosion and provide a buffer zone from heavy waves and storms.

Mangrove Root Habitat

Mangrove roots provide a complex environment that harbors developing fish, sharks, turtles, frogs, sponges, queen conch, barnacles, shrimp, crabs and even juvenile spiny lobster. Mangrove homes not only protect marine life, but also shelter birds of prey like ospreys and wading birds like herons. Each plant and animal has an important role in maintaining a healthy environment for the future.

WE’RE HERE TO HELP

Mangroves are in peril around the world. It’s estimated that one third of the world’s mangroves have been lost in the past 50 years (Alongi 2002). Much of this has been due to human destruction including overexploitation, coastal development, changes in water flow and damaging oil spills and pollution. Restore Our Shores needs your donations and/or volunteer time to reverse this damage. Take a look below at the ways our volunteers are already helping!