Mangroves are seriously tough trees that grow in the challenging conditions of intertidal zones – where the rainforest meets the sea. Covering one-fourth of the world’s tropical coastline, they boast their own wetland ecosystem, populated by plants and animals living in brackish water.
Mangroves are highly valuable areas, providing many ecosystem services that benefit both people and wildlife. For the high numbers of baby fish in the ocean, the richest nurseries of all are the mangrove forests. Straddling the boundary between land and sea, they provide shelter and relative safety for the juvenile fish to grow.