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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Studies on Reefs Help Sustainability of Cuban Southern Cays

Ciego de Avila, Jan 30.- A study on the coral reefs is currently carried out by Cuban experts at the Jardines de la Reina National Park to achieve sustainable management of the coastal ecosystems and solutions to face the climate change.

According to researcher Leslie Hernandez, who is leading the working team, they are analyzing octocorals, due to their importance as regulators of our planet's health, although their response to meteorological events is still unknown.

The actions by the experts of the Center for Research on the Coastal Ecosystems in Cayo Coco (CIEC), in the province Ciego de Avila, also cover characterization of the diving sites, assessment of the marine habitats and of the hard coral community.

In the context of the Life Task (strategy by the Cuban State to face climate change), research helps to perfect the operations for preservation of the environments in the Cuban southern cays.

They also form the platform to generate an early warning system to identify threats and the possible management actions to alleviate them, said Hernandez.

The largest reef crests in the country live in that group of islets, estimated as the largest marine reserve in the Caribbean and considered as a natural laboratory and species reserve.

Its geographical isolation, due to its distance from the population centers and the fact that it can only be reached by sea, turn it into the most virgin archipelago in the Caribbean. (Prensa Latina)