Mangrove communities support populations of invertebrates, birds and juvenile fishes. Birds utilize mangrove areas as important nesting habitat, while many species of commercially or recreationally important fish species utilize mangrove habitat as nursery grounds while juveniles. Benefit in the IRL:Mangrove forest ecosystems are vital as sources of energy and provide nursery habitat for juvenile fish and invertebrates. They also provide roosting and nesting habitat for wading birds. In addition, mangrove communities provide a source for timber production and are important as buffers in decreasing storm impacts along coastlines.
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