The third Nature Series documentary, Mangroves—Custodians of the Coast, was launched in August 2019 and it focuses on the mangroves of Pakistan which are spread across the coastal line of Pakistan, covering an area of about 600,000 hectares. They have a unique ecosystem as they are a sanctuary to numerous indigenous and migratory birds, terrestrial, and marine life. They also protect and stabilize our shores with their dense water-absorbent root system from tsunamis, floods, and other eroding factors.
The economic importance of mangroves in Pakistan comes from the fishery resource they harbour, as an estimated 80 percent of the fish caught in coastal waters spend at least part of their life cycle in the mangrove creeks or depend on the mangroves for their food. They provide an important breeding ground for commercially important marine life including fish, shrimps, lobsters, and crabs, which help the national economy earn approximately US $100 million annually from exports, and provide employment and livelihood to more than 100,000 people associated with the fishing industry.
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