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Transboundary Solutions to Environmental Problems in the Gulf of California Large Marine Ecosystem

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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.

Keywords: Colorado River; Gulf of California; large marine ecosystem

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08920750500217971

Affiliations: Department of Marine Affairs, Washburn Hall University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island, USA

Publication date: October 1, 2005

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