A team from EMC recently conducted a habitat survey along the coast of East Berbice-Corentyne. The survey is part of a project aiming to map and understand critical fish and other habitats. Knowledge gained from this survey will contribute to efforts to protect coastal ecosystems and habitats.
“Guyana has a diverse variety of fish species primarily due to the mangrove forests that provide ideal habitat and breeding grounds,’ says Michael Philander, EMC’s Senior Environmental Officer and Marine Projects Coordinator. “They filter pollutants, prevent erosion, and protect shorelines from damaging winds, waves, and floods. Studying them helps us learn more about how they work and the most effective ways to keep them intact.”