Florida Aquarium Officials to Visit Cuba


Florida Aquarium Federation office bearers will travel to Cuba for discussions with National Aquarium of Cuba representatives. Cuban aquarium is keen about forging a research partnership with their USA counterpart. According to Tom Hall, Chairman of Cuban Foundation, “this is an educational trip”. It is learnt that Cuban and Florida aquarium wants to create relationship on issues of mutual interest including minimizing effects of oil spills and protecting fish varieties. Both these aquariums focus intensively on research as well as public exhibits. A mutual partnership between them would be definitely beneficial in protecting shared marine resources of both geographical territories.
In the pretext of oil spill agreement signed by five countries, Mexico, Bahamas, Jamaica, USA and Cuba, Florida aquarium official visit to Cuba has special importance. USA marine biologists are already cooperating with Cuban countries on research which would reverse the deterioration of coral reefs and prevent overfishing. As per a local business magazine report, Florida aquarium has not stated publicly that they are interested in a research partnership with Cuba. “Water does not know national borders or politics. We can provide them information they need and vice versa”, says Jeffrey Boutwell, Board Member, Latin America Working Group Education Fund.
Via [Tampa Bay Business Journal]


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