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The Ecology of Mangrove and Related Ecosystems : Proceedings of the International Symposium held at Mombasa, Kenya, 24-30 September 1990 - Victor Jaccarini

The Ecology of Mangrove and Related Ecosystems

Proceedings of the International Symposium held at Mombasa, Kenya, 24-30 September 1990

By: Victor Jaccarini (Editor), Els Martens (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 31st December 1992
ISBN: 9780792320494
Number Of Pages: 266

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The mangrove, seagrass and coral reef ecosystems are of paramount ecological and economical importance but have already undergone great degradation, which is advancing at an alarming rate. If present trends continue, the natural resource basis of the economy and ecology of tropical coastal regions will soon be ruined. This was the unanimous conclusion of the 110 scientists from 23 countries which gathered in Mombasa, Kenya, for a Symposium on the ecology of these ecosystems. Mangrove forest systems yield large amounts of fish, crabs, prawn and oysters. They are also valuable sources of fuelwood, timber, tannin and other natural products. Their non-marketable value is of equal importance: stabilization of the coastline, an indispensable nursery ground for numerous marine species with commercial value, a natural filter maintaining the clarity of nearshore water, a home for resident and migratory birds and other wildlife. Many of the true mangrove flora and fauna are now endangered by the clearing of the mangroves. It has been shown that in many countries between 25 and 100% of the mangrove forest has been destroyed already in the last twenty years. The international scientific assembly concluded that much can be done to stop the degradation of these damaged ecosystems and to rehabilitate them. But new techniques must be found to use them on a sustainable basis for long-term economic return and for the well-being of coastal human settlements and a health environment.

List of participants
Developing management plans for the mangrove forest reserves of mainland Tanzaniap. 1
Structure and species distribution in Coringa mangrove forest, Godavari Delta, Andhra Pradesh, Indiap. 11
Structural properties of two types of mangrove stands on the northwestern coast of Sri Lankap. 17
The current status of mangroves along the Kenyan coast: a case study of Mida Creek mangroves based on remote sensingp. 29
Net primary productivity of two mangrove forest stands on the northwestern coast of Sri Lankap. 37
The effect of coastline changes on mangrove community structure, Portuguese Island, Mozambiquep. 49
The seagrass and associated macroalgal vegetation of Gazi Bay (Kenya)p. 59
Microphytoplankton of the Pitchavaram mangals, southeast coast of India: species composition and population densityp. 77
The ecology of Belizean mangrove-root fouling communities: patterns of epibiont distribution and abundance, and effects on root growthp. 87
The meiobenthos of five mangrove vegetation types in Gazi Bay, Kenyap. 99
Ecomorpholy of Crassostrea cucullata (Born, 1778) (Ostreidae) in a mangrove creek (Gazi, Kenya)p. 109
A note on the zooplankton distribution and diversity in a tropical mangrove creek system, Gazi, Kenyap. 119
Phase shifts in coral reef communities and their ecological significancep. 121
The incidence of hurricanes on the north coast of Jamaica since 1870: are the classic reef descriptions atypical?p. 133
Importance of the Lac-lagoon (Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles) for a selected number of reef fish speciesp. 139
Hydrodynamics of mangrove swamps and their coastal watersp. 141
Intratidal fluctuations in stratification within a mangrove estuaryp. 163
Physical processes in the Rufiji delta and their possible implications on the mangrove ecosystemp. 173
Diurnal variation in physical-chemical properties and primary production in the interconnected marine, mangrove and freshwater biotopes of Kakinada coast, Andhra Pradesh, Indiap. 181
Methanogenic bacteria in mangrove sedimentsp. 187
Mangroves as a habitat for fish and prawnsp. 195
Mariculture development in Kenya: alternatives to siting ponds in the mangrove ecosystemp. 209
The effect of oocytic atresia on fecundity estimates of the rabbit fish Siganus sutor (Pisces: Siganidae) of Kenyan marine inshore watersp. 215
Differences in biomass production and carrageenan yields among four strains of farmed carrageenophytes in Northern Bohol, Philippinesp. 223
Status and exploitation on the mangrove and associated fishery resources in Zanzibarp. 229
The management of Insular Caribbean mangroves in relation to site location and community typep. 235
Regeneration strategy of mangroves along the Kenyan coast: a first approachp. 243
Impact of past management practices on the present status of the Muthupet mangrove ecosystemp. 253
Subject Indexp. 261
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ISBN: 9780792320494
ISBN-10: 0792320492
Series: Developments in Hydrobiology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 266
Published: 31st December 1992
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.73
Edition Number: 247