which are found in estuaries, are important to the aquatic
environment because they provide food for small aquatic animals
and shelter for fish, crabs, birds and other animals. They
also help keep the water clean.
mangroves were poisoned and cut down on the shores of the
Clarence River, at Iluka Bay, on the NSW north coast, quick
action was needed - and local school students were there to
Public School students planted mangrove seedlings in the area
with the help of NSW DPI and Landcare staff.
pipe, drilled with holes to let water come in and drain away,
was placed around each seedling to protect them from strong
winds, currents and waves until the plants were strong enough
on their own.
people from harming the young mangroves, the students wrote
messages on the pipes, saying "Please don't hurt me!"
and "Do not touch! I'm watching you!"
were put up to encourage the community to report the destruction
of mangroves and the dead mangroves were left there as a reminder.
months later the pipe was taken off and most of the mangroves
mangrove rehabilitation project had members from Iluka Landcare,
Maclean Shire Council, Iluka Public School and NSW DPI.