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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.