Mangrove sites inspection record positive growth

NUKU’ALOFA-February 8, 2018: 12.30pm (Environment News): The Tonga Ridge To Reef (R2R) Project technical and mangroves team have recorded positive growths at sites they had visited this week around the Fanga’uta Lagoon Catchment Area and the greater Nuku’alofa mangroves forest.

The team visited mangroves sites at Talafo’ou, Hoi, Talasiu, Holonga, Sopu, Popua and Nukunukumotu so far.

They have reported that alot of new mangrove plants that were planted in the past two years have grown healthy.

A concern raised by the team was the recording of dumped waste and rubbish at the Sopu site.

Also seen at Nukunukumotu were dead mangrove plants – which were either destroyed naturally or cut by humans possibly looking for firewood.

The inspection will continue throughout the year, especially in the monitoring of new plants that were planted by the R2R team and communities around the Fanga’uta Lagoon.

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