Mangroves as Fish Habitat



In April 2006, the First International Symposium on Mangroves as Fish Habitat was held at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, and in May 2007 the proceedings were published in a special issue of the Bulletin of Marine Science, edited by Joseph E. Serafy and Rafael J. Araújo. At the time of the first symposium, scientists and conservation groups had only recently begun delving into mangrove–fisheries relationships. Techniques such as stable isotope analyses, otolith microchemistry, and biotelemetry were used to gain insight into a variety of topics from diel and seasonal fish movements in mangroves (i.e., for feeding, refugia, nursery function) to the importance of mangrove connectivity to other habitats. Also included in the discussion was the emerging field of mangrove habitat restoration.