Saudi Aramco recently coordinated the latest in a series of Mangrove Transplantation Campaigns, this one at Ras Tanura's Tarut Bay.
The company worked in coordination with the Ministry of Agriculture, the Center of Fisheries Research and a number of Saudi Aramco organisations to gather volunteers to plant 6,000 mangrove seedlings.
About 250 orphans from Prince Sultan Center in Dammam and Mabarat Al-Ihsan in Al-Khobar participated, along with 50 Saudi Aramco volunteers, 200 Boy Scouts from Jubail Industrial City and 150 school students from Taibat al-Islam Elementary Schools.
Mangroves are a salt-tolerant species of woody plants that grow along the tidal basins and estuaries of the kingdom's coasts.
The red mangrove grows on the Red Sea coast and the black mangrove grows along the Arabian Gulf.
Mangrove habitats are among the most productive ecosystems in the marine environment. They provide protection of shorelines, sea grass beds and coral reefs; a nursery for fish, shrimp and mud-crabs; food and sanctuary for other marine life; potential ecotourism sites; and protection of reclaimed land.
Saudi Aramco has long been involved in mangrove research.
The company's first mangrove transplantation effort, in 1991, planted 100 seedlings.
Ten years later, thousands of trees were growing.