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Mangroves are a true native species of Florida. It is estimated that 75% of the game fish and 90% of commercially caught fish in south Florida depend on Mangroves. Mangrove forests protect and stabilize coastal lands and, like wetlands and estuaries, are vital to the survival of many creatures. They function as nursery, feeding, and breeding grounds for a large number of fish, shellfish, birds and other wildlife. Human activity, such as waterfront development, badly affects mangrove forests. Any kind of removal or destruction of these mangrove habitats is extremely dangerous to the balance of nature throughout Florida’s coastal areas.

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