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Cuba, Florida to team up for reef research

Cuba, Florida to team up for reef research
By Jeff Patterson
Published: August 2, 2016, 11:29 am

APOLLO BEACH, Fla. (WFLA) — Congresswoman Kathy Castor spent Tuesday
morning at the Florida Aquarium's Center for Conservation.

The visit is in advance of a visit by Cuban officials to the Florida
Aquarium facility in Apollo Beach. The Center for Conservation is
researching methods to populate corals for restoration of Florida Keys

The Florida Aquarium says the research focuses on questions of health
assessment, species selection, genetic identification, system design,
gamete collection and culture, and drug treatments for common coral

Castor's office says Cuba's reefs are some of the most pristine in the
world and offer strong insight as to what fosters a healthy coral reef
ecosystem. Florida Aquarium representatives visited Cuba recently to
learn more about environmental protection.

Cuban officials are expected to visit the Florida Aquarium in August.
Castor is expected to speak on Cuban and U.S. relations following her
visit to the research facility.

Castor visited Cuba last February and met with Cuban officials to learn
about growing private businesses in the country.

Florida and the Tampa Bay area have seen many changes since the
relationship between the United States and Cuba has improved-

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