Governments of Cuba and America to work together to protect marine species

Posted: 19-Oct-15 10:50

The governments of Cuba and the United States have agreed to work together to protect marine life in the seas that separate their nations. At a recent oceans conference in Chile, the two countries said they would map out the marine life in protected areas in the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Straits.

Governments of Cuba and America to work together to protect marine species

As the diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba thaw, the two countries have agreed to work together to protect the seas that divide them.

Government agencies from Cuba and the United States attended an oceans conference last week in Valparaiso, Chile, and agreed to work together to map the marine species in protected areas in the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Straits. The two nations will compile and inventory of the shared species in the seas.

According to Dan Whittle, a senior attorney for the Environmental Defence Fund, an organisation that works with Cuba on marine conservation, scientists from the U.S government are keen to study the untouched reefs in Cuba to find out clues that could help towards the recovery of America's declining reefs.

Mr Whittle said that this could lead towards shared information between both American and Cuban scientists on the behaviour or invasive and endangered species. The agreement could also lead to American philanthropists funding Cuban conservation efforts.

The travel and trade ban that was enforced more than five decades ago, this has spared the Cuba's reefs from degradation that can be found in coral reefs elsewhere in the world.

Lack of agricultural run-off, limited coastal development and strong environmental laws have helped keep Cuba's reefs and ocean waters healthy.

The Peninsula of Guanahacabibes is a popular scuba diving destination in Cuba with crystal clear waters, thriving colourful coral reefs, and thousands of diverse marine species.

Situated 135 miles northwest of Havana, the peninsula spans 200 square miles of land and marine reserve with protected forests and pristine white sand beaches. There is just one military-run tour company that oversees scuba diving in Maria La Gorda, the resort inside the Guanahacabibes reserve.

While general tourism has not yet been approved as a reason to visit Cuba, American residents can visit the Caribbean island for educational, religious, academic and cultural and family purposes across 12 categories and people to people programmes.


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