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1 May 2001 Sustainability of Coastal Resource Use in San Quintin, Mexico
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San Quintin, Mexico, provides a useful site for integrated analyses of material fluxes and socioeconomic constraints in a geographically isolated system. Natural resource utilization on the land is dominated by groundwater exploitation for cultivation of horticulture crops (primarily tomatoes). Irrigation exceeds water recharge minus export by a factor of 6. Resource utilization in the bay is dominated by oyster culture; food for the oysters is provided by tidal exchange of bay and ocean water. Consideration of oyster respiration and system respiration suggests that the present level of aquaculture is about 40% of the sustainable level. A “physical unsustainability index” (PhUI) was developed to measure the proportional departure of utilization of the most limiting resource for sustainability: 6 on land; 0.4 in the bay. Based on PhUI and measures of economic development, we conclude that aquaculture is more viable than agriculture.
Alfonso Aguirre-muñoz, ROBERT W. BUDDEMEIER, Victor Camacho-Ibar, Jose D. Carriquiry, Silvia E. Ibarra-Obando, Barbara W. Massey, STEPHEN V. SMITH and Fredrik Wulff "Sustainability of Coastal Resource Use in San Quintin, Mexico," AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment 30(3), (1 May 2001). https://doi.org/10.1579/0044-7447-30.3.142
Received: 7 January 2000; Accepted: 1 July 2000; Published: 1 May 2001
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