National Marine Sanctuaries
NOAA website: Encyclopedia of the National Marine Sanctuaries.
While most people are aware that
coral reefs are in grave danger from many sources, not everyone
is aware that the other types of oceanic habitat -mangroves,
estuaries, bays, sounds and harbors are also under siege. Loss
of these valuable habitats spells disaster for virtually all of
the animal inhabitants of the oceans. Mangroves and estuaries
are breeding grounds, and nurseries, like coral reefs, and
without them fish populations and those of other sea creatures
are in grave danger.