Mangroves in the Ayeyarwady Delta are also being replaced by aquaculture. In the southwestern part of the delta, brackish shrimp pond development is expanding. The dark blue shapes in the images represent the shrimp ponds. Not as much land is being taken up by aquaculture, but this industry is growing.
While some mangroves have been restored on the delta, the aquaculture, agriculture, and cutting activities need to be monitored so that the benefits of mangroves can be maintained. Researchers continue to use Landsat and other remote sensing information to monitor this region.