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Monday, January 24, 2011

Big Plans for Mkwiro's Mangroves - 1

During the last few months, we have focused more attention on the important mangrove ecosystems present on Wasini Island – they are integral to a healthy coastal ecosystem and also represent an essential resource for the local communities. We have ascertained the dominant tree species present in our mangroves to be the Red Mangrove (Rhizophora mucronata), with lesser species including the White mangrove (Avicennia marina) and Yellow Mangrove (Ceriops tagal). We have also developed a comprehensive species list from incidental and casual sightings.

Over the next three months, we will be developing surveys to assess zonation of flora and fauna in the mangroves using quadrats along set transects.

These results will give information about the distribution of species, habitat associations and assist making in re-planting projects successful by determining the optimum location to plant the seed pods.