For urban populations, mangroves are usually unwelcoming places, full of insects, reptiles and mud. However, after half a century of ecological research, we now know that mangrove forests offer great value through a variety of environmental services such as nurseries for fish, crustaceans and mollusks, supplying food and medicinal plants, protecting against natural disasters … [Read more...] about On Mangroves, People and Fishing in the Moskitia
An extraordinary number and diversity of fish inhabit the Amazon River basin. Many, if not all of them, are of great importance in maintaining the ecosystems found along the river and its tributaries (by the dispersal of tree seeds, for example) as well as supporting both commercial and subsistence fishing. While I was aware that there were migrations of catfish (also known as … [Read more...] about Marañón River, a source of life and energy?