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Effects of mangrove deforestation on macrofaunal densities, Gazi Bay, Kenya
Fondo, E. N.; Martens, E. E. (1998). Effects of mangrove deforestation on macrofaunal densities, Gazi Bay, Kenya. Mangroves and Salt Marshes 2: 75-83
In: Mangroves and Salt Marshes. Springer Science+Business Media: Amsterdam; Dordrecht; Hingham, MA. ISSN 1386-3509, more
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Keywords
    Deforestation; Mangroves; ISW, Kenya, Gazi Bay [Marine Regions]; Marine
Author keywords
    epifauna, Gazi Bay, Kenya, infauna, mangrove

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  • Fondo, E. N., more
  • Martens, E. E.

Abstract
    This study documents comparative variations of macrofaunal densities in a deforested area and a natural mangrove area in Gazi Bay, Kenya, during 1993. Similar groups of both epifauna and infauna were recorded in the two areas with differences in distribution along transects in different sampling sessions. Hence mangrove deforestation decreases biodiversity. Other more striking effects of mangrove deforestation include a decreased availability of wood, fish and prawn, less revenue paid to government in terms of royalties and tourist fees, an increase in coastal erosion and eventual reduction of seagrasses and coral reefs.

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