TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 
Vol. 17, No. 2, December 1999
 
Original Articles
 
Estuarine Artificial Reefs to Enhance Seagrass Planting and Provide Fish Habitat.  By Ryan J. Heise and Stephen A. Bortone
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Use of Discriminant and Fourth-Derivative Analyses with High-Resolution Absorption Spectra for Phytoplankton Research: Limitations at Varied Signal-to-Noise Ratio and Spectral Resolution. By D. L. Roelke, C. D. Kennedy and A. D. Weidemann
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The Population Dynamics of the Brittlestar Ophioderma brevispinum in Near and Farshore Seagrass Habitats of Port Saint Joseph Bay, Florida.  By Clare L. Leonard and James B. McClintock 
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Short Papers and Notes
 
First Record of a Risso's Dolphin (Gramps grisue) stranding for Louisiana. By D. Fertl, J. Turner and S. Taillon 
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Dedicated Section
 
The Development of Pearl Aquaculture in the Americas: Results of a Sea Grant Gulf of Mexico Regional Workshop.  Foreword.  By Barry A. Costa-Pierce, Guest Associate Editor
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Biological Feasibility of Freshwater Mussels and Pearl Culture in Gulf Coast States.  By Richard J. Neves 
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New Opportunities for Economic Benefits fpr the American Southeast in the International Pearl Industry.  By Maria C. Haws and Leonard DiMicheals
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Short Papers and Notes
 
Needs for Research in Biological Conservation of Freshwater Mussels in the Southeastern United States: an Annotated Outline. By Jeffery T. Garner
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Freshwater Mussels in the Gulf  Region: Alabama. By Charles Lydeard, Jeffery T. Garner, Paul Hartfeld and James D. Williams
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Extended Abstract
 
Preliminary Results on Studies of Mussel Shell Gape Under Different Environmental Conditions. By Lawrence R. Shaffer, Andrew C. Miller and Barry S. Payne
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Commentary
 
The Attraction vs. Production Debate: Does it Really Matter from the Management Perspective? A Response to the Commentary by Shipp, R.L., 1999, Gulf of Mexico Science XVII: 51-55. By J. H. Cowan, Jr., W. Ingram, J. McCawley, B. Sauls, A. Strelcheck and M. Woods
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