Gulf 360: State of the Gulf of Mexico

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Gulf 360

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State of the Gulf of Mexico March 2013

This document is a product of the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (U.S.), developed in partnership with the Centro de Especialistas en Gestión Ambiental (Mexico), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (U.S.), Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía (Mexico), and with funding provided by Shell Exploration and Production Company.

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Introduction

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Gulf 360° 7 Defining the Gulf 9 Coastal Belt 11 Boundaries 13 Counties and Municipios 15 Land and Seascape 17 Physiography 19 Ecoregions 21 Ocean Currents 23 People 25 Population Density 27 Population Demographics 29 Human Activities 31 Transportation 33 Oil and Gas 35 Fisheries 37 Tourism 39 Land Use 41 Connections 43 Ecoregions and Counties/Municipios 45 Wildlife Migration 47 Protected Areas 49 Storms 51

Acknowledgements & References

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