Mangroves

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Love your Reef – Love your Mangrove

  • Natural Filters

    Mangroves are able to filter pollutants and chemicals while trapping debris, silt and sediments. This protects water clarity and quality and prevents delicate coral and seagrass communities from being suffocated. Mangroves also recharge underground water supplies by collecting rainwater and slowly releasing it.

  • Carbon Sinks

    Captures Carbon
Mangroves are expert carbon scrubbers. Mangroves are able to pack away carbon faster than many terrestrial forests. Each year it is estimated that mangrove forests hoard 42 million tons of carbon, this is equivalent to the emissions created by 25 million cars.

  • Land Builders

    Mangroves are often called land formers. They not only help in preventing soil erosion but act as a catalyst in reclaiming land from seas. As the mangroves continue to grow out expanding the shoreline, other terrestrial plants are able to colonize the land behind.

  • Nutrient Producers

    Mangroves shed about 7 ½ tons of litter per acre per year. The detritus is quickly broken down by bacteria and fungi and released into the water. This provides a rich source of food and nutrients for other nearby marine ecosystems and sea life.

  • Essential Habitat

    Mangrove forests offer vital protection and habitat for an abundant array of marine and terrestrial species. They are an important nursery and feeding ground for most  coral reef fish and invertebrates species. Many birds, amphibians and reptiles also use mangroves for protection while nesting and feeding.

  • Fisheries

    In the Mesoamerican barrier reef there are as many as 25 more fish living in and near to mangroves than there are when mangrove communities have been removed via deforestation. This makes mangrove forests vitally important to coral reef populations and subsequently commercial fishing.

  • Storm Protection

    The fringing network on Mangroves buffers between land and sea. They protect from natural forces such as hurricanes, winds, waves, tidal change and run-off be preventing soil loss with a firm, flexible barrier. Areas where mangrove populations have been removed suffer much severer damage.

  • Renewable Resource

    Mangroves can be responsibly harvested. Many rural communities use their durable water-resistant wood to build houses, boats, pilings and furniture. Tannins and other dyes are extracted from the bark for textiles. Leaves are used for tea, medicine, livestock feed and a tobacco substitute for smoking.

Red Mangrove

The Red Mangrove, Rhizophora mangle, is characterized by aerial roots and prop roots which provide support and stabilization. They live primarily in subtidal areas. Their roots have adapted the ability to exclude salts and preform reverse osmosis. Their leaves are dark green and shiny. They have propagating fruit called “pencils” that sometimes float great distances allowing Red Mangrove to colonize other areas.

White Mangrove

The White Mangrove, Laguncularia racemose, grow on elevated grounds above the high-tide mark. Their leaves are thick and succulent, rounded at both ends, and the same color on both sides. Their root system resembles that of most terrestrial trees and seldom show breathing roots. White Mangrove have adapted to living in wet, salty soils by excreting excess salt through pores at the base of each leaf.

Black Mangrove

Black Mangrove, Avicenia germinans, occur directly inland from the Red Mangrove. They have small pencil-like vertical root shots call pneumatephores. These roots enabling the Mangrove to obtain oxygens directly from the air almost like “snorkels”. Their leaves are long and narrow and covered with salt crystals underneath. This is how they have adapted to living in salty soils and ridding themselves of excess salt.

Our Philosophy

Living on Long Caye is existing on a private island where you are an integral part of the eco-system.  You are part of how the island and the community stays healthy.  The Community on Long Caye (the development itself) is designed to promote and sustain the health of the surrounding tropical reef and jungle environment. Residents and businesses, understand that by honoring the Eco-guidelines we can “have our cake and eat it, too” by respecting the natural assets. Your parcel and home is a part of the overall design of all-encompassing, unsurpassed access to an extraordinary ecological system while ACTIVELY preserving the the Caye and its surrounds.  We have designed the community with a long term vision.

All of Long Caye is essentially a preserve. Stewardship of the surrounding environment is a core value for us. We take a long term, holistic approach to building community on Long Caye, through the mindful, yet aggressive, adoption of leading edge environmentally friendly technologies. We seek to demonstrate to the world the achievements possible when people, passion and technology team up with nature to create an extraordinary living and visiting experience. Our Conservation Ethos is enacted in perpetuity by the Eco-Guidelines – and they ensure that Long Caye will be here for future generations. As stewards of the atoll, we will not sacrifice our ecological standards or compromise our principals.

We hope to bridge the gap between the enjoyment of access and conscientious preservation of the natural environment – to prove that environmental assets can be preserved, protected AND enjoyed in a fashion that actually promotes the long term health of such assets for the greater good. Community and Conservation priorities are fulfilled with a deep and abiding respect for the Local Culture that has preceded us for centuries in the Lighthouse Reef atoll. We are friends, supporters and business partners to the fishers that have responsibly used the Lighthouse Reef for their livelihood for generations. We understand and promote sustainable business in the Atoll and on the Caye.