A mangrove is a shrub or small tree that grows in coastal saline or brackish water. The term mangrove is also used to describe a body of water that consists of mangroves. Mangroves have large root systems, they provide coastal areas with protection from storm surges and hurricanes. The massive root systems dissipate wave energy and protect shorelines from erosion.
Many types of Marine life thrive within the root system of Mangroves because of the quiet ecosystem available for feeding and breeding. Costa Rica currently offers Mangrove fishing in several provinces and has combined many types of fishing such as fly and rod fishing on rafts in white water to a more tranquil experience on flat bottom boats gently floating down river bends.