First Aquarium Partnership Between United States and Cuba

by | Feb 17, 2015 | Conservation, Corals, Science | 0 comments

cubaThe Florida Aquarium in Tampa, Florida is looking to collaborate with The National Aquarium of Havana to come together to help protect coral reefs. The Florida Aquarium has delivered a memorandum of understanding for joint research to the National Aquarium of Havana. This would be the first partnership between Cuban and American Aquariums. The Aquarium’s goals are purely environmental, specifically to help stop decay of coral reefs. The National Aquarium of Havana has conducted extensive research on species of coral health which are not available in the U.S, and the combined research can aid to help save our coral reefs. The decline of coral reefs is a World wide problem, and it is great to see World wide initiative to try and combat it. The Florida Aquarium hopes to send representatives to Cuba in November. MORE

  • Francis Yupangco

    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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