This week I got out of the office during the allotted half-hour lunch break and discovered a quiet retreat in the wetland area at estuary end of Throsby Creek. Mangroves are described as the nursery of the sea as many animals start their lives sheltering from storms in the mangrove root systems.
The leaf litter that falls from the Mangroves decays and is eaten by aquatic animals like crabs, molluscs and small fish. These in turn provide food for larger fish. As storms increase in severity and the rise in sea levels from climate change, mangroves form an important role in protecting the coast into the future.
Because of their important as habitat for fish, mangroves are protected in New South Wales (Australia) under the Fisheries Management Act and harming mangroves carries a maximum penalty of $110, 00 for an individual and double that if a corporation engages in any activity that may harm the protected ecosystem.