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Characterizing Changes in Mangrove Habitat

Rogan/SangermanoAs wild fisheries already face over-exploitation, aquaculture offers one solution to help meet growing demand while maintaining wild stocks and supporting healthy ocean ecosystems. However, in some cases, aquaculture can result habitat destruction and other environmental damages. Marsh Institute Researchers John Rogan (Geography) and Florencia Sangermano (Geography) received funds from Ecuador Camara Nacional de Acuacultura for the project “Multi-Temporal Analysis and Determination of Mangrove Cover in the Coastal Region of Ecuador.” The study will characterize the change in coastal mangrove habitat resulting from ongoing shrimp farming in Ecuador over a 23-year period and identify potential areas for mangrove conservation.

For full project descriptions, see the Marsh Institute Research Projects web page.