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The State of Cuba’s Coral Reefs

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.

The University of Havana’s Center for Marine Research (CIM) [Centro de Investigaciones Marinas] and the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi are leading a collaborative effort, Proyecto Costa Noroccidental [Project of the Northwest Coast], a comprehensive multi-year research and conservation program for Cuba’s Gulf of Mexico coast. Dr. David E. Guggenheim, president of 1planet1ocean, is a member of HRI’s Advisory Council and also serves as HRI’s Cuba Programs Manager and is co-principal investigator of the project with Dr. Gaspar Gonz?lez Sans?n of CIM.

Proyecto Costa Noroccidental is the first comprehensive study of Cuba’s Gulf of Mexico region and is providing insights into the health of Cuban coral reefs which may provide important clues for conservation of coral reefs elsewhere. The ICRS is held every four years with sanctioning by the International Society of Reef Studies.ICRS is devoted to the best reef science available, with the purpose of sharing scientific findings with government agencies, resource management, and non-government organizations throughout the world. Previous ICRS have been held in Okinawa (2004), Bali (2000), Panama (1996), Guam (1992), Australia (1988), Tahiti (1985), the Philippines (1980), Miami (1977), Australia (1974), and the first ICRS in India (1969).