FLIBS 2019
Guanahacabibes

Guanahacabibes

Over the last 25 years, Guanahacabibes National Park, located on the westernmost tip of Cuba, has seen a tremendous community effort between residents, marine biologists and the Cuban government to preserve its coral reefs and green sea turtle population. What was considered to be a dire situation stemming from overfishing and green sea turtle consumption due to famine in the 1990’s has transformed into a phenomenal story of success. Local scientists and residents partnered with the Tampa Bay Aquarium in Florida to establish a coral reef reserve in the national park and have been dedicated to conducting research and educational programs to bring their population back to healthy numbers. Today, Guanahacabibes is known for being the second largest breeding population of green turtles in Cuba with an average of more than 300 nests per season, a good example of what can be accomplished when countries put aside political and cultural differences to band together for the greater good.
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