Mangroves were considered “wasteland” rather than swampland by governments until recently. This made mangrove depletion seem less critical, and in many ways made it easier to exploit the resource. Today, shrimp farming is one of the largest contributers to this issue. Artificial shrimp farms have already removed 1 million hectares of wetland containing mangroves to make room for the industry. Other contributers to destruction of the mangroves include charcoal production, logging, ports, tourism, and oil extraction and foraging.
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