U.S. and Cuba sign first Enviornmental Pact since resuming Diplomatic Relations
The Miami Herald and New York Times report that on November 18, 2015, the United States and Cuba signed an agreement to join forces and protect the vast array of fish and corals both countries separated by just 90 miles of water share in common, the first environmental accord since announcing 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.
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