November 16, 2012
Cuba’s Gardens of the Queen: A Living Time Machine and Hope for the Future of the World’s Coral Reefs | DEMA 2012 – Las Vegas, Nevada
Dr. David E. Guggenheim, the “Ocean Doctor,” and representatives of Cuba’s Avalon Diving Centers present “Cuba’s Gardens of the Queen: A Living Time Machine and Hope for the Future of the World’s Coral Reefs.”
Named by Christopher Columbus to honor Queen Isabel, Jardines de la Reina or Gardens of the Queen are one of the healthiest coral reef ecosystems remaining in the Caribbean. In a world where coral reefs are dying, the corals in the Gardens of the Queen are flourishing, and like a living time machine, the Gardens likely resemble the healthy coral reefs Columbus saw, avoiding the rapid decline so common throughout the Caribbean and the rest of the world.
What makes this ecosystem so healthy? What are the implications for coral reefs elsewhere? What is the role of diving in this special ecosystem? And how is this ecosystem bringing Americans and Cubans closer together? What is so compelling about this Cuban ecosystem that 60 MINUTES sent Anderson Cooper and a camera crew to work with Dr. Guggenheim and Cuban scientists? Can American divers visit Cuba’s Jardines de la Reina?
Venue to be Announced
December 18, 2011
The CBS News Magazine 60 Minutes focuses on the plight of world’s coral reefs. Correspondent Anderson Cooper visits Cuba’s Jardines de la Reina (Gardens of the Queen) with The Ocean Foundation’s Senior Fellow, Dr. David E. Guggenheim to marvel at this unique ecosystem and understand what healthy coral reef ecosystems looked like before they were seriously degraded over the past 50 years.
August 26, 2009
Tune in to NPR station WGCU (Southwest Florida) on Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at noon Eastern/9am Pacific. Dr. David E. Guggenheim, the “Ocean Doctor,” will be part of a radio discussion on “Gulf Coast Live,” for a program focused on oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, and specifically, the fact that Cuba is now rapidly pursuing the development of its oil resources in the Gulf following the discovery of a major oil reserve there in 2004.
From WGCU: “The battle lines have been drawn and the fight over oil in the Gulf deepens. We’ll take a closer look at the pros and cons of drilling – we’ll hear from both sides as to whether or not it can solve our oil and gas dependency and whether it’s even safe. Also on the show – Cuba is ready to begin drilling off its northern coast. It may start leasing to companies willing to drill for oil by the end of next year. Is Cuba’s oil demand going to affect Florida’s waters?“
April 28, 2009
Cuba sits at the convergence of the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. Its coastal waters are dense with islets, keys and reefs that provide critical habitats and spawning grounds for a rich array of fish, endangered sea turtles, manatees and other marine life. Preserving Cuba’s biodiversity is critically important to the natural resources and economies of coastal communities in the United States and other neighboring countries. (more…)
July 7, 2008 – July 11, 2008
Initial results of joint Cuba-U.S. study to be presented at the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS) in Ft. Lauderdale, July 7-11, 2008
The world’s major coral reef science meeting, the International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS), returns to the United States July 7-11, 2008, to be held in Ft. Lauderdale. Dr. Gaspar Gonz?lez Sans?n, Titular Professor at the University of Havana’s Center for Marine Research (Centro de Investigaciones Marinas [CIM]) is scheduled to be the lead presenter of a paper entitled, Present Condition of Coral Reefs and Associated Ecosystems in the Northwest Region of Cuba. (more…)