Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium Developing 5 Year Caribbean Conservation Plan
By Hayley Rutger
Sarasota, FL - Mote Marine Laboratory researchers joined Cuban, Mexican and U.S. colleagues to craft a five-year plan for marine science and conservation in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea at a recent workshop in Cuba, setting the stage for long-term marine research collaborations among all three nations. This is the first time in nearly 50 years that scientists from the nations surrounding the Gulf have been able to come together to begin forming a comprehensive marine research plan.
At the Oct. 25-30 meeting in Havana, delegates set priorities for conservation-oriented studies of coral reefs, marine mammals, sea turtles, sharks, fish resources and protected areas, building on progress from earlier workshops co-organized by The Ocean Foundation, the Center for International Policy and the Harte Research Institute.
Successful conservation depends on knowing where marine species go and what threats they face in waters between the United States, Mexico and Cuba, but scientists are only beginning - or preparing, in some cases - to study the marine species in Cuban waters, many of which migrate to the United States and Mexico.
Long-term joint studies among the Gulf nations have been hindered by a 47-year trade embargo that severely restricts travel between the United States and Cuba. In an effort to reach across the water, Mote scientists have visited Cuba over the past five years - with legal approval from the U.S. Department of Treasury - to plan and conduct conservation-oriented marine research.
With October's three-nation workshop complete, Mote scientists and their international colleagues are ready to create a five-year blueprint to do much more.
"The workshop was an excellent example of international conservation planning - which is what the Gulf of Mexico has needed for decades," said Dr. Robert Hueter, director of Mote's Center for Shark Research. "Not only did we set priorities for expanding our current projects, such as Mote's surveys with the University of Havana for shark species in Cuban waters, but we also laid plans for several new lines of research that deserve immediate attention."
Delegates worked out the details of their five-year plans in working groups based on their areas of expertise, and produced a document describing priorities. Mote scientists participated in groups focused on:
The three-nation group plans to convene at Mote Marine Laboratory in 2010. During their October trip, Mote's leading shark and dolphin researchers also made keynote presentations at ColacMarCuba 2009, an international marine science meeting in Havana that included speakers from the United States, Latin America and Europe.
Mote representatives at October's meetings in Cuba included:
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