Living on the Edge: Mangroves

Mangroves are the biological buffers between land and sea. Without them, communities living along shorelines would be directly exposed to violent storm surge and erosion. Also crucial to fish communities, mangroves provide fertile nursery grounds for a huge variety of commercially viable and intrinsically valuable fish. Despite their significance, mangroves are one of the most threatened ecosystems in the world. Dr. Candy Feller, Senior Scientist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center underscores the challenges this ecosystem faces, along with reasons for hope.