Ecological Restoration and Livelihood: Contribution of Planted Mangroves as Nursery and Habitat for Artisanal and Commercial Fishery
This study examines the relationship between planted mangrove habitats and the flow of ecosystem services in the state of Gujarat in Western India. While the thousands of restored hectares in this region are not representative - they are mostly comprised of Avicenna marina, are sparse, and lack fresh water - the study does fill a knowledge gap concerning mangrove restoration.
Goals & Methods
The goal of the study is to study the contribution of the restored forests to Gujurat's inshore and offshore fishery sector. To do so, the authors use commercial catch data from both primary and secondary sources.
Conclusions & Takeaways
The authors found that planted mangroves’ approximate contribution to inshore fishery is found 22% of the natural mangroves’ contribution. Moreover, planted mangroves are increasing the catch of demersal, crustaceans, and mollusks species in offshore commercial fishery. In monetary terms, planted mangroves’ contributions to Gujarat’s fishery sector are valued at INR36.04 billion (USD570 million) annually.
Ecological Restoration and Livelihood: Contribution of Planted Mangroves as Nursery and Habitat for Artisanal and Commercial Fishery. World Development. 2017;94:492–502. doi:10.1016/j.worlddev.2017.02.010..
- Institute of Economic Growth, India