are the transitional zone linking land and sea providing protection for both humans and marine life. No other plant has been able to adapt and tolerate this harsh anoxic environment of salt, tide and currents. Their extraordinary roots protect and improve the coastline preventing storm damage, filtering out pollution and acting as a nursery for young marine life. At one time, these mangrove forests were thought of a s a wasteland that needed to be filled in to improve the land. hopefully the public is developing an understanding of the enormous ecological value of the mangrove forests and the need to protect them for the future.