Transboundary Solutions to Environmental Problems in the Gulf of California Large Marine Ecosystem
Abstract:The Gulf of California Large Marine Ecosystem is assessed using Duda and Sherman's (2002) modular approach. Productivity, fisheries, ecosystem health, socioeconomic factors, and governance of the region are evaluated and a transboundary diagnostic analysis identified three areas of concern: pollution, habitat destruction, and fishery depletions. Addressing these environmental problems requires land-based pollution controls, marine protected areas, and stricter fisheries regulations, respectively, but also makes a strong argument for reconnecting the Gulf of California with the Colorado River and its larger watershed. Freshwater inputs can be a restoring force and can help to address these three identified coastal problems.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Department of Marine Affairs, Washburn Hall University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island, USA
Publication date: 2005-10-01