Rainforests of the Sea

Mangrove Forests Threatened by Prawn Aquaculture

In the mangrove forest, life abounds. Here live shorebirds, crab-eating monkeys and mudskipper fish that skim across exposed swamp mud to make their ways between water holes at low tide. The mangroves have been called the “rainforests of the sea.” These trees have evolved in harsh environments of brackish waters and changing tides, establishing balanced, complex ecosystems along the tropical coasts of Africa, Australia, Asia and the Americas.