Global International Waters Assessment
Patagonian Shelf, GIWA Regional assessment 38
University of Kalmar on behalf of United Nations
Mugetti, A., Brieva, C., Giangiobbe, S., Gallicchio,
E., Pacheco, F., Pagani, A., Calcagno, A., González, S., Natale,
O., Faure, M., Rafaelli, S., Magnani, C., Moyano, M.C., Seoane, R. and
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This report presents the assessment of Patagonian Shelf
and associated river basins. The report focuses on the La Plata River
Basin, the second largest watershed in South America, and the South
Atlantic Drainage System, comprising basins that drain large arid areas
of Argentina and one of the world’s largest continental shelves.
Pollution in the La Plata River Basin has caused considerable environmental
degradation while fishing has changed marine habitats and communities.
The root causes of environmental degradation in the Argentinean and
Uruguayan Common Fishing Zone and the Uruguay River Basin, shared by
Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay, are identified and potential remedial
policy options are presented.