Jamaica's mangroves are a very important part of Jamaican coastal ecology.
Not only do they provide a safe area and breeding ground for young fish and other sealife, and act as a water filter from river to sea, they also assist in disaster risk reduction by providing a barrier against strong waves and winds from storms or hurricanes.
In fact, mangroves are so important that they have been declared a protected species in Jamaica making it illegal to damage or destroy them.
In addition to their many uses, they are also very pretty. Need proof?