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The marshes fringing our bayous and bays are part of what makes the Gulf Coast a special place. Take time this month to enjoy the beauty, resilience, and diversity of these naturally beautiful wetlands.

  • One of the most important roles wetlands play is as a sponge, absorbing and storing floodwaters. An acre of wetland can store 1-1.5 million gallons, equal to 25,000 bathtubs full of water!
  • Wetlands act as a filter to improve water quality by absorbing nutrients and pollution, making the water cleaner and clearer.
  • Salt marshes are a nursery and home for more than 75% of the seafood species we enjoy eating, including fish, shrimp, and blue crabs.
  • Marshes, mangroves, and seagrass beds absorb and store large amounts of carbon, reducing impacts from climate hazards.
  • Marshes reduce wave action from currents and storms, protecting our homes and communities.

This story is part of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance’s “What the Gulf Gives” awareness initiative sponsored by Clean Gulf Associates. Share your favorite gifts of the Gulf of Mexico using #WhattheGulfGives on social media. Facebook/Instagram: @gulfofmexicoalliance