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Estuaries are important areas, not only from a human perspective, but they are also important nursery areas. So a lot of fish organisms will come and use estuaries when they are at young stages of their lifecycle, and so they form an important nursery habitat. They are also crucial filters for filtering contaminants from land before it goes out into the coastal zone, so they have an important biogeochemical role as well as a nursery habitat role.