Latest Mangrove Stories

2008-10-07 00:00:23

KUALA LUMPUR: As the Earth's temperature continues to rise and the North Pole becomes a permanent island, mangrove swamps on the west coast of the peninsula may just get the break they sorely need. Malaysian Nature Society communications head Andrew Sebastian said there would be less pollution in the Straits of Malacca, if some of the ship traffic from the narrow waterway between the peninsula and Sumatra was diverted to the Northeast Passage, a water route that extends from Europe's North...

2008-10-01 21:00:10

By Jinka Nagaraju HYDERABAD: Is the Y S Rajasekhara Reddy government allotting land to companies floated by high-profile promoters in full violation of rules in the coastal regulatory zone (CRZ) 1 in the state? So it would seem. The beneficiaries of such largesse include M/S Thermal PowerTech Corporation (India) promoted by a prominent politician (1,200 acres), Maytas Infra (6,000 acres) and Unnati Papermills (550 acres). Experts say that if allowed to be developed, at least 3,000 acres...

2008-10-01 03:00:13

By Anonymous The ecological value of coastal mangrove forests in Mexico has been apparent to marine scientists for years, but for the first time, researchers have used a wide-ranging compilation of fisheries landings-the official record of fish catches-to place an economic price tag on that value. Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, showed that Mexican mangroves, trees that form forest ecosystems at the land- sea interface,...

2008-09-29 00:00:19

By Jaswinder Kaur KOTA KINABALU: Responding to the growing threat to marine life, and the push for businesses to be more environment-friendly, an island resort has set up a research centre and a programme to rehabilitate corals and fish injured by trawler nets. The Marine Ecology Research Centre (MERC) at the Gayana Eco Resort also teaches its guests about the island's ecosystems and the need to conserve them. This is part of the Sabah Development Corridor (SDC) blueprint, as the state...

2008-09-16 00:00:23

By Yogesh Naik PUNE/MUMBAI: The City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) will have to change the course of two rivers, the Ulwe and the Gadhi, and reclaim an island called Waghivli to construct the proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport. Cidco, entrusted with the task of constructing the airport, has asked the Central Water and Power Research Station (CWPRS) in Khadakwasla to study how five rivers, including the Ulwe and the Gadhi, and the Panvel Creek that flow in the...

2008-08-06 09:00:30

MIAMI _ For inexpensive, late-night entertainment, it is hard to beat party boat fishing on the Sea King in Islamorada. You can escape the daytime heat, catch dinner (or maybe even several dinners) and maybe make some new friends. The mangrove snapper are spawning, with prime-time expected from now through mid-August. Tasty, grayish-brown fish with sharp bicuspids weighing up to 10 pounds are showing up on patch reefs and rocky ledges throughout South Florida, primarily in depths of 40 to...

2008-07-17 00:00:20

A conservation worker who gave advice on a new zoo exhibit has been killed in a typhoon on the other side of the world. Living Coasts in Torquay is due to open its new mangrove forest exhibit today. As part of its research, the coastal zoo forged links with the Bakhawan Eco-Park & Research Centre in the Philippines. But a typhoon has wiped out the centre, killing Rudy Ramos, who advised the Torquay attraction on its latest exhibit. Conservation workers in the Philippines provided...

2008-07-06 00:00:12

By ALLAN TUDOR Ever since senior aquarist Jodie Peers was first given a goldfish at the age of seven, she's been interested in all marine life. Now the newly-appointed member of Living Coasts staff is preparing for the arrival of four-eyed fish, mud skippers, poisonous stingrays, 100 fiddler crabs and a range of exotic fish as part of a pounds800,000 new attraction. Aged 17, Jodie did her first shark dive with sand tiger sharks. Now, as Torquay's wildlife attraction evolves into a...

2008-06-17 00:00:15

By ALLAN TUDOR Strange eyes, odd sex lives and the ability to breathe out of water: the latest arrivals at Living Coasts, Torquay, are among the most peculiar fish on the planet. Torquay's marine discovery centre has just received a dozen four- eyed fish, Anableps anableps which will be going on public display in July as part of a pounds1million development of the attraction. A Living Coasts spokesman said: "Nature has dealt these creatures, which live on river estuaries and mangrove...

2008-03-21 12:00:00

Sunton Chantong, a local fisherman and environmental advocate, gestured toward the Taseh river shore. Two years ago, dolphins swam up from the sea, but as a result of industrial shrimp farming and oil palm cultivation, he said, fewer big fish, crabs and jellyfish can be seen in the area. Shrimp ponds have become the most recognizable symbol of coastal degradation in Trang, a southwestern Thai province bordering the Andaman Sea. Shrimp thrive in brackish waters that are also home to...

Latest Mangrove Reference Libraries

2009-02-21 20:30:52

The Beach Stone-curlew (Esacus giganteus) also known as the Beach Thick-knee, is a species of bird found in Australia and the islands of South-east Asia. It is a resident of undisturbed open beaches, exposed reefs, mangroves, and tidal sand flats. Its large range includes coastal eastern Australia as far south as far eastern Victoria, the northern Australian coast and nearby islands, New Guinea, New Caledonia, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. It is uncommon through most of its range....

2008-04-28 13:38:07

The Madagascar Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis bernieri), is a species of bird from the Threskiornithidae family. It is found in Madagascar and Seychelles. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical mangrove forests, estuarine waters, intertidal flats, and coastal saline lagoons. The Madagascar Sacred Ibis is threatened due to habitat loss.

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