Mangroves: Useful Protectors of Our Coasts!

By Danielle Carey, Chee Su Yin

April 2019 FEATURE
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Mangroves are trees that grow on the shores, rivers and estuaries of tropical and subtropical land masses. They are a unique species that can grow in far saltier conditions than other plants by filtering and excreting salt to provide fresh water for photosynthesis.The greatest mangrove diversity in the world can be found in South-east Asia, with one third of this in Malaysia alone. Mangroves provide refuge, and act as nurseries and feeding grounds for entire food chains, from commercially important...

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Danielle Carey

Danielle Carey was born in Wales and studied BSc Environmental Science at University of Plymouth, England. She spent most of 2018 exploring South-east Asia, including three months completing research on plastic pollution in Penang’s mangroves. She is passionate about protecting coastal habitats and communicating science to wider audiences.

Chee Su Yin

Dr Chee Su Yin is a senior lecturer at the Centre for Marine and Coastal Studies. Born and bred in Penang, she has made it her goal to discover novel approaches to develop coastal areas in a sustainable way in order for the ecosystem and the community to co-exist in equilibrium.