What are some imports of the gulf of mexico area?

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    imports? trade goods or importance?

    Resources

    The Gulf of Mexico ecosystem provides a wide array of valuable resources to the nations on its shores.

    Fisheries

    Gulf fisheries are some of the most productive in the world. In 2006 according to the National Marine Fisheries Service, the commercial fish and shellfish harvest from the five U.S. Gulf states was estimated to be 1.3 billion pounds valued at $689 million. The Gulf also contains four of the top seven fishing ports in the nation by weight.

    Shrimp: Gulf landings of shrimp led the Nation in 2006 with 288.9 million pounds valued at $400 million dockside, accounting for about 85% of U.S. total. Louisiana led all Gulf states with 134.9 million pounds; Texas with 104.3 million pounds; Florida (west coast) with 17.1 million pounds; Alabama with 23.9 million pounds; and Mississippi with 8.4 million pounds.

    Oysters: The Gulf led in production of oysters in 2006 with 19.5 million pounds of meats valued at $61.9 million and representing 60% of the national total.

    Recreational: The Gulf also supports a productive recreational fishery. In 2006, marine recreational participants took more than 23.8 million trips catching 190.6 million fish from the Gulf of Mexico and surrounding waters. The total weigh in pounds was over 78.8 million in 2006.

    Physical / Mineral

    In 2006 470 million barrels of oil and about (2.9)x109 Thousand Cubic Feet of natural gas came from the Gulf of Mexico. In 2005 more than 466 million barrels of oil and about (3.19)x109 Thousand Cubic Feet of natural gas was produced from the Gulf of Mexico. This represents an increase of almost 4 million barrels of oil and (.2)x109 Thousand Cubic Feet of natural gas in one year. According to the Minerals Management Service, offshore operations in the Gulf produce a quarter of the U.S. domestic natural gas and one-eighth of its oil. In addition, the offshore petroleum industry employs over 55,000 U.S. workers in the Gulf.

    Habitat

    Gulf habitats include coastal wetlands, submerged vegetation, important upland areas, and marine/offshore areas. Encompassing over five million acres (about half of the U.S. total), the Gulf’s coastal wetlands serve as an essential habitat for numerous fish and wildlife species, including migrating waterfowl (about 75% traversing the U.S.), seabirds, wading birds, furbearers, and sport and commercial fisheries

    http://www.epa.gov/gmpo/about/facts.html#resources

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