Mangroves on the Port River Essay

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Alex Davey 2013 ODE Mangroves Report Introduction: Recently the year 11 ODE students planned, conducted and evaluated a kayaking trip to the Port River. This involved creating a float plan detailing the logistics, weather, risks and general information required so as to reduce risk and allow for the best experience. This reflective report will utilize appropriate language, terminology and pictures to reflect on the Port River area. This will involve looking into the sustainable environmental practices, personal and group responsibilities, and indigenous cultures. Sustainable Environmental Practices: The Grey Mangroves (Avicennia Marina) are an important staple in the Port River ecology. They provide a nursery and safe haven for small fish and crustaceans, filter the sediment and nutrients in the water that goes out into the ocean, and reduce the impact of waves by up to 25%. The Port River mangroves also provide a base for the bottom of the food chain to grow from (algae, mollusks, etc.…) which in turn provides for most of the surrounding fauna. The prevention of flooding is also a helpful habit of the mangroves as they absorb excess water in times of high rainfall. The mangroves absorb green house gasses such as carbon dioxide and then drop it with the leaves in a nutritional store of organic carbon. All these features of the mangrove either provide protection or a source of food for the fauna and when the animals die and decompose their nutrients are given back to the mangroves, making it a symbiotic relationship. The mangroves’ symbiotic relationship with the surrounding fauna is essential for both parties as without the station for algae and mollusks to grow the whole food chain would be affected. To increase the sustainability of this area, added research and public awareness is required. The majority understand that the mangroves are an

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