Mangrove vegetation along the Cape Coast Elmina Road
Mangrove vegetation along the Cape Coast Elmina Road

Mangroves serves as a very important habitat for both terrestrial and aquatic organisms. It serves many purposes from filtration of  runoff water, carbon sequestration to its function as a breeding site for most transitional species.

Despite these ecological functions, Mangrove vegetation are being harvested and destroyed by some people for its wood. Due to the physiological nature of the wood which makes it very good for building construction, many Mangrove vegetation has been destroyed. In other places, Mangrove wood is harvested for smoking fish- its believed to give the fish a unique taste.

Mangroves in Ghana suffers all these hazards and we seek to restore these vegetation which suffers deforestation as well as other associated hazards.

Ghana poses a limited number of Mangrove vegetation and thus we need to protect them to increase fish yield in associated coastal bodies.

Our research is being done on the Sweet Estuary where a vast vegetation of Mangrove lies on each sides of the estuary. Due to the presence of the estuary, there are lots of organisms that inhabits the ecosystem.

Currently the vegetation there is being harvested for wood and the bare land is being turned into salt ponds. After, these activities, there are no afforestation plan for the restoration of the harvested mangrove.

Due to this, fish yield and the species distribution of the ecosystem has decreased and that is what we seek to solve.

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