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U.S., Cuba cooperate on marine protected areas

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Park Service signed a memorandum of understanding with Cuba’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment.

The agreement aims to facilitate joint efforts concerning science, stewardship, and management related to Marine Protected Areas. The agreement also includes a sister MPA program to foster conservation and understanding of natural marine resources in both countries, sharing technical and scientific data, and promoting education and outreach initiatives.

“We recognize we all share the same ocean and face the same challenges of understanding, managing, and conserving critical marine resources for future generations,” said NOAA administrator Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, who was in Cuba for the signing of the agreement. “The opportunity for international cooperation in marine conservation is invaluable and this moves us closer to ensuring a healthy and productive ocean for everyone.”

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