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Gulf of Mexico Origin, Waters, and Biota

Volume II, Ocean and Coastal Economy

Edited by James C. Cato

Publication Year: 2009

This landmark scientific reference for scientists, researchers, and students of marine biology tackles the monumental task of taking a complete biodiversity inventory of the Gulf of Mexico with full biotic and biogeographic information. Presenting a comprehensive summary of knowledge of Gulf biota through 2004, the book includes seventy-seven chapters, which list more than fifteen thousand species in thirty-eight phyla or divisions and were written by 138 authors from seventy-one institutions in fourteen countries.This first volume of Gulf of Mexico Origin, Waters, and Biota, a multivolumed set edited by John W. Tunnell Jr., Darryl L. Felder, and Sylvia A. Earle, provides information on each species' habitat, biology, and geographic range, along with full references and a narrative introduction to the group, which opens each chapter.

Published by: Texas A&M University Press

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Foreword: Fifty-Year Update of Bulletin 89

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pp. vii-

Just over fifty years ago, a group of prominent marine scientists of their day agreed to begin work on a digest of existing knowledge on the Gulf of Mexico. The effort was proposed by Lionel A. Walford of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Waldo L. Schmitt of the U.S. National Museum of Natural History during a meeting of the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute in Miami. Paul S. ...

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pp. xiii-

This book is an offshoot of the highly successful State of the Gulf of Mexico Summit 2006, held at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi, which focused on the theme of ensuring productive economies and healthy marine environments within the entire Gulf of Mexico region. The summit was designed to develop an international perspective on issues related to the Gulf of Mexico by ...

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pp. xv-

This book would not have been possible without the convening of the State of the Gulf of Mexico Summit 2006 by the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI) at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi. Director Robert Furgason, Associate Director and HRI scientist Wes Tunnell, and conference organizer Quenton Dokken, now with the Gulf of Mexico Foundation, are ...

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pp. xvii-xviii

This book is intended to give a broad overview of the most important factors controlling the economic significance of the Gulf of Mexico, ranging from the region’s political history to assessments of the industries dependent on the Gulf. The authors represent an equally broad range and include business, economic, and ecology...

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1. The Gulf of Mexico Region as a Transnational Community

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pp. 1-20

This chapter assesses the prospects for the Gulf of Mexico region to evolve into an integrated transnational community. The underlying question is whether the Gulf functions as a barrier separating or a bridge uniting the coastal regions of the three countries that share it. Answering that question involves addressing a number of related ideas: Are trade and investment flows, transportation ...

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2. The Productive Value of the Gulf of Mexico

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pp. 21-27

The Gulf of Mexico has been referred to repeatedly as the most productive body of water in the United States. But exactly what does this mean? Is there a value that can be placed on this productivity? If so, how large is it and what use would this value be? The goal of this chapter is to answer these questions and, in so doing, to highlight the important role that the Gulf of Mexico plays ...

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3. An Economic Overview of Selected Industries Dependent upon the Gulf of Mexico

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pp. 28-46

The Gulf of Mexico is a critical source of natural resources, providing billions of dollars in tangible and intangible benefits to a variety of marine-related industries and other user groups. The economic benefits of Gulf resources flow not only to bordering states but also to the U.S. economy as a whole. Industries directly or indirectly dependent on the Gulf ecosystem include coastal develop-...

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4. The Changing Coastal and Ocean Economies of the United States Gulf of Mexico

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pp. 47-81

A comprehensive strategy is needed to protect and nurture the Gulf of Mexico’s riches. Public focus—and that of the government and academics—has been largely locked on the devastation from the 2005 hurricanes. But stresses on the rich natural resources of this special area have been intensifying for many years. These stresses have been felt especially in the degradation and shrinkage of wet-...

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5. Environmental Sustainability of Economic Trends in the Gulf of Mexico: What Is the Limit for Mexican Coastal Development?

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pp. 82-104

The increasing resource use and activity in Mexico’s Gulf of Mexico coastal zone has created a series of environmental concerns that should be addressed in coastal management initiatives. The Mexican Gulf region, with the exception of the northern part of the state of Tamaulipas, is located in tropical latitudes (Yáñez-Arancibia and Day, 2004). Such areas are typically characterized ...


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E-ISBN-13: 9781603442701
E-ISBN-10: 1603442707
Print-ISBN-13: 9781603440943
Print-ISBN-10: 1603440941

Page Count: 136
Illustrations: 30 line art. 30 tables.
Publication Year: 2009

Volume Title: Gulf of Mexico Origin, Waters, and Biota
Series Title: Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies Series, Sponsored by the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

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  • Marine biology -- Mexico, Gulf of.
  • Geology -- Mexico, Gulf of.
  • Oceanography -- Mexico, Gulf of.
  • Mexico, Gulf of.
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