Mangrove description - Honduras

In Honduras, substantial areas of mangrove are found on both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts. The Pacific coastline is small and lies entirely within the Golfo de Fonseca, which is largely fringed by mangrove communities. The Caribbean coastline has wide areas of mangroves associated with lagoons, estuaries and deltas. The largest areas are in the west of the country, around the numerous lagoons in that area, notably Laguna de Caratasca. Mangrove forests include: Avicennia bicolor, Avicennia germinans, Conocarpus erectus, Laguncularia racemosa, and Rhizophora mangle. There are 12 protected areas with mangrove.

Uses and threats
Clearance of mangroves for shrimp farms has been extensive and rapid in recent years, but it is probable that mangroves play an important role in the local and commercial estuarine fishing industry.


Spalding, M., Blasco, F. & Field, C.D. (Eds). 1997. World mangrove atlas. The International Society for Mangrove Ecosystems, Okinawa, Japan. 178 pp.

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The information provided above will be used as an input to the revised World Atlas of Mangroves and as national level description in the Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) 2005 Thematic study on Mangroves.

During the past months the information has been updated thanks to the kind collaboration of several national and international experts, who has helped the Initiative in collecting recent data. The collection has been now completed and the page will be updated as soon as possible.

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last updated:  Friday, October 6, 2006