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Coastal Watch, partners team up to plant mangroves

By Staff | Feb 12, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Coastal Watch, the Sanibel Sea School and MANG planted 250 red mangroves along Woodring Road on Feb. 5.

On Feb. 5, Coastal Watch partnered with the city of Sanibel and MANG to fortify existing mangroves along a section of road that is subject to erosion and shoreline degradation.

Mangroves are an integral part of the environment. The trees provide many benefits, such as erosion control, water quality management and ecosystem services that have trickle down effects. They also create complex natural habitats for terrestrial and marine species.

The city and Coastal Watch selected Woodring Road as the project location, planting 250 red mangroves. Woodring has been greatly impacted by erosion and was in need of the most assistance.

In 2018, red mangrove propagules were collected, sprouted and transplanted to pots on the Sanibel Sea School’s property. They grew for a year and a half, making the transformation from sprouts into young trees. In the weeks leading up to planting, the salinity of the water was slowly altered to match that of their future home along the bay.

Throughout the process, MANG served as a resource, providing guidance when needed. MANG’s mission is to change the world one mangrove at a time. The West Palm Beach-based apparel company plants one mangrove for every product sold, known as the “Buy One. Plant One. Initiative.” The company’s goal is to preserve and restore coastal habitats and communities.

The newly-planted mangroves’ progress will be continually monitored to ensure that they are flourishing in their new location. Updates on the project are planned in the coming months.

Coastal Watch creates and implements conservation initiatives that promote and improve the future of marine resources and, the coastal heritage. For more information, visit sancapcoastalwatch.org or contact coastalwatch@sanibelseaschool.org.