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"The Gulf of Mexico supports a high biological diversity and biomass of fish, seabirds, and mammals; in this region, multiple commercial and recreational fishing fleets operate providing economic resources for local populations. The Gulf is also the site of important oil and gas production and tourism. As a result of intensive human use, the Gulf is subject to various impacts, including oil spills, habitat degradation, and anoxia. Management of this Large Marine Ecosystem requires an ecosystem-based management approach that provides a holistic approach to resource management. The Gulf of Mexico is managed as part of NOAA's Integrated Ecosystem Assessment Program (IEA). This program considers the development of ecosystem models as a tool for ecosystem-based fisheries management (EBFM) and to support the different stages in the IEA process, particularly testing the effects of alternative management scenarios. As part of this program, we have parametrized an Atlantis ecosystem model for the Gulf of Mexico, including major functional groups, physiographic dynamics, and fishing fleets. The Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Atlantis model represents a collaboration between the University of South Florida, the University of Miami, the Southeast Fisheries Science Center, the National Coastal Data Development Center, and other contributors"--Executive summary.

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C. H. Ainsworth, J. J. Schirripa & H. N. Morzaria-Luna (Eds.), NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-SEFSC, 161 p.

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