lAlthough the overall exchange rate of water is short in the outer lagoon, this study emphasizes that management models should take into residence times of the water body in this channel. systems of most societies (LOICZ, 2005). However, sheltered a low freshwater input confined to the winter months whilst, during the rest of the year, the dry arid conditions of the hinter-land lead to no or very low freshwater inputs and high evapora-tive losses from the surface waters (Newton and Mudge, 2003). As lagoons have a restricted exchange with the sea (Tett et al., * Corresponding author
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