The planting of the Mangroves involved the use of Kayaks to access suitable areas for planting. "What we did was load the Mangroves on the Kayak and plant them in areas on Little Key which have seen a relatively significant loss of healthy mangrove habitat. We hope in this way to quickly rehabilitate an area which has lost mangroves by using this new technique", concluded Bervoets.
The activity was made possible through the generous donation of Kayaking material from Tri-Sport in Simpson Bay and upon the recommendations from various international organizations working with Mangroves throughout the Wider Caribbean Area.
Mangroves are important for the protection and stabilization of low-lying coastal lands and their importance in coastal fishery food chains. Mangrove forests protect from storm winds, waves, and floods. Mangroves also help to prevent erosion by stabilizing shorelines with their specialized root systems. The relationship between mangroves and their associated marine life cannot be overemphasized. Mangroves provide protected nursery areas for fishes, crustaceans, and shellfish, including conch and various snapper species. Up to seventy-five percent of the game fish and ninety percent of the commercial species in the Caribbean are dependent on mangrove ecosystems. They provide food for a multitude of marine species as well as important habitat for various species of bird. It has been estimated that almost 80% of all mangrove areas within the Simpson Bay Lagoon have been lost during the last three decades due to habitat destruction. More pictures of Mangrove planting activities can be found on the Nature Foundation Facebook page. Those interested in assisting with the planting of mangroves can call the Nature Foundation on 5444267.