Despite restoration efforts, over half of the world's mangroves have been destroyed by developers and others in recent times. Recife has beautiful mangroves. They protect coastal areas from erosion and offer a quiet marine region for young organisms, oysters, sponges, shrimps, mud lobsters and critical species of fish. Come mid July I will be working for a nonprofit called Centro Escola Mangue in Recife in North East Brazil to raise awareness of their importance. Please support me in my efforts to conserve this important habitat.