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Mangrove – Stocks


The conceptual models were compiled by researchers in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders from Natural Resource Management groups, universities and government agencies and based on available scientific information[5].

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Stocks of nitrogen (N) in mangrove forest soils in tropical Australia are higher beneath Avicennia marina (11,653 kg/ha) compared to Rhizophora stylosa (10,330 kg/ha)[1]. The N content of mangroves in regions of the Great Barrier Reef catchments is 10,992 (8,655-11,653) kg/ha*[3]. Soil accounts for more than 90% stock of N within a mangrove forest[2].


The N stock in mangroves in the Great Barrier Reef region averages 472 (412-532) kg/ha*[1]. Higher N stocks have been measured in Rhizophora stylosa trees (532 kg/ha) compared to Avicennia marina trees (412 kg/ha)[2].

*Nitrogen quantities are displayed as an average followed by a minimum and maximum (range), e.g. “average (min. of range - max. of range) units”.


  1. ^ a b Adame, MF, Reef, R, Wong, VNL, Balcombe, SR, Turschwell, MP, Kavehei, E, Rodríguez, DC, Kelleway, JJ, Masque, P & Ronan, M (2020), 'Carbon and nitrogen sequestration of Melaleuca floodplain wetlands in tropical Australia', Ecosystems. [online], vol. Available at:
  2. ^ a b Alongi, DM, Cycling and Global Fluxes of Nitrogen in Mangroves, p. 11.
  3. ^ Molnar, N, Welsh, DT, Marchand, C, Deborde, J & Meziane, T (2013), 'Impacts of shrimp farm effluent on water quality, benthic metabolism and N-dynamics in a mangrove forest ( New Caledonia )', Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. [online], vol. 117, no. 2, pp. 12-21. Available at:

Last updated: 31 July 2021

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