3rd April 2012
Estuaries, like the one pictured, are remarkably important to the world for a variety of reasons:
1) Wildlife -• Estuaries are the most productive ecosystems on earth• Thousands of species depend on estuaries• Many commercial marine organisms depend on estuaries at some point in heir life• Estuaries work as nurseries for many marine organisms until they’re big enough to enter the open ocean• They’re home (half of the time) to migratory birds
2) Ecosystem Services -• They filtrate sediments and pollutants• They absorb flood water and dissipate storm surges• They prevent shoreline erosion
3) Cultural Benefits -• Recreation, scientific, educational, and aesthetic purposes• Economic benefits (such as: conduits for commerce and travel; 75% of America’s commercial fish catch; 80% - 90% of America’s recreational fish catch; estuary-dependent fishes are the nation’s most valuable; recreation and tourism generate tens of billions of dollars for local communities)

Estuaries, like the one pictured, are remarkably important to the world for a variety of reasons:

1) Wildlife -
• Estuaries are the most productive ecosystems on earth
• Thousands of species depend on estuaries
• Many commercial marine organisms depend on estuaries at some point in heir life
• Estuaries work as nurseries for many marine organisms until they’re big enough to enter the open ocean
• They’re home (half of the time) to migratory birds

2) Ecosystem Services -
• They filtrate sediments and pollutants
• They absorb flood water and dissipate storm surges
• They prevent shoreline erosion

3) Cultural Benefits -
• Recreation, scientific, educational, and aesthetic purposes
• Economic benefits (such as: conduits for commerce and travel; 75% of America’s commercial fish catch; 80% - 90% of America’s recreational fish catch; estuary-dependent fishes are the nation’s most valuable; recreation and tourism generate tens of billions of dollars for local communities)

notes

  1. anobservantmermaid reblogged this from explosionsoflife
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