The thaw with Cuba is bringing some immediate benefit to coral reefs in the island nation as the The Florida Aquarium in Tampa has signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Aquarium in Havana to study coral reefs and research how reefs can be restored around the world.
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Cuba is known for its pristine fields of elkhorn coral and the many species of fish that use them for shelter. Photo by Alex Rose.
Cuba’s reefs are arguably the most healthy and pristine reefs in the world having been largely untouched by factors that have decimated other coral reefs. The scientists will work to determine why the coral reefs in Cuba are in good health and use that data in other coral reef projects around the world. The National Aquarium in Havana will learn how to propagate coral in the event Cuba’s coral reefs suffer the same fate as those reefs off the coast of Florida.
The two entities will solidify their partnership at the upcoming Tri-national Initiative for Marine Research & Conservation in the Gulf of Mexico & Western Caribbean Nov. 13-14 and the International Marine and Coastal Science Conference, Nov. 16-20 in Havana, Cuba.