The ecosystem approach in the Gulf of Cadiz. A perspective from the southernmost European Atlantic regional sea
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AuthorsLlope, M. (Marcos)
Gulf of Cadiz
This article considers the major events in recent history, current situation and prospects for developing an ecosystem-based style of management in the Gulf of Cadiz. This particular socio-ecosystem is characterised by a clear focal ecosystem component—the role of the estuary of the Guadalquivir River as a nursery area—that has an influence on the marine ecosystem and at the same time concentrates a number of sectoral human activities. This nursery role particularly concerns the anchovy fishery, which is the most economically and culturally important fishery in the region. As a transition zone between river and marine environments, estuaries are particularly sensitive to human activities, either directly developed within the aquatic environment and its surroundings or further upstream within its catchment area. The particularities of the Guadalquivir socio-ecosystem, with an area of influence that extends as far as the city of Seville, require the consideration of multiple sectors and ...
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