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United States and Cuba join forces to protect fish and corals

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Havana.- The United States and Cuba signed an agreement in order to protect the vast array of fish and corals they share as countries separated by just 90 miles of sea.

That is the first bilateral environmental accord since the two countries announced plans to renew diplomatic relations.
The memorandum signed by U.S. and Cuban officials in Havana directs scientists with the Florida Keys and the Texas Flower Garden Banks national sanctuaries to collaborate with researchers at two similarly fragile and protected reserves: Guanahacabibes National Park and the Banco de San Antonio, located on the island’s westernmost region.

Ocean currents carry many of the same fish and organisms off the coast of Cuba into the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, making collaboration on topics like preservation and sustainability an area of mutual interest for scientists in both countries.

Washington and Havana announced last December that they would resume diplomatic ties, and formally did so in July.

The memorandum signed by U.S. and Cuban officials in Havana directs scientists with the Florida Keys and the Texas Flower Garden Banks national sanctuaries to collaborate with researchers at two similarly fragile and protected reserves: Guanahacabibes National Park and the Banco de San Antonio, located on the island’s westernmost region.

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