Coral Off The Coast Of Cuba Is Flourishing

by | Feb 3, 2015 | Corals, Science | 0 comments

Cuban Elkhorn coralIt’s refreshing to finally get some good news about the health of our ocean’s corals. While most of the World’s corals are suffering, the corals off the coast of Cuba are flourishing. Scientist, David Guggenheim, attributes this to the ‘lack of typical human behavior.’ Cuba’s political climate made it difficult to get pesticides or fertilizers, which resulted in basically organic farming. This means less pollution in Cuba’s waters, which in additional to strong environmental protection laws, has resulted in thriving coral life. If only we could turn back time on the rest of the World’s reefs, but this is a fantastic example of how if human behavior impacts coral reefs. MORE

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    Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.


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