Mangroves help us

Both the habitat and the trees that live in the sea are called mangroves. Mangroves live in the area where the tide moves in and out along the coasts, estuaries and rivers. This area is called the intertidal zone. The tides move in and out twice each day. Depending on the position of the moon and sun along with seasons and storms affects the time and height of the tides.

A large part of the Australian coast, estuaries and low lying rivers grow mangroves. Australia has about 20% of the world’s mangrove forests. These forests are far more important to us than we realise.