What Role Do Mangroves Play In An Estuary?

What Role Do Mangroves Play In An Estuary? (HM20GK)

Location: Apollo Beach, FL 33572 Hillsborough County
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N 27° 47.557', W 82° 24.074'

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Mangroves are the basis of the estuary's food chain and are important nurseries for fish, crustaceans and shellfish. Seventy-five percent of the game fish and ninety percent of the commercial species in south Florida are dependent on mangrove ecosystems. These systems provide food for a large number of marine organisms such as snook, snapper, tarpon, jack, sheepshead, red drum, trout, oysters and shrimp.

Mangrove forests also provide valuable habitat. Mangrove branches are rookeries, or nesting areas, for large coastal birds such as brown pelicans and roseate spoonbills. Mangrove roots provide habitat for oysters, crabs, juvenile fish and barnacles.

Black Mangrove
Red Mangrove
White Mangrove
Mangrove swamps, with their specialized root systems, help prevent erosion and filter out pollution. They help protect Florida's uplands from storm winds, waves, and floods.

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Water Management District
WATERMATTERS.ORG 1-800-423-1476
Alafia River Basin Board
Hillsborough River Basin Board
HM NumberHM20GK
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Date Added Sunday, August 6th, 2017 at 7:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 361956 N 3075016
Decimal Degrees27.79261667, -82.40123333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 27° 47.557', W 82° 24.074'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds27° 47' 33.42" N, 82° 24' 4.4400000000001" W
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Area Code(s)813
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6990 Dickman Rd, Apollo Beach FL 33572, US
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