October 30, 2009

The National Oceanographic Committee (CON) from Cuba and Asociación Latinoamericana de Ciencias del Mar (ALICMAR), have jointly organized the Eighth Congress of Marine Sciences and XIII Congreso Latinoamericano de Ciencias del Mar, called ColacMar Cuba 2009. Members of The Deep Search Foundation Exploration team will be attending portions of this conference at the Conventions Palace in Havana.

ColacMarCuba’2009 bring together scientists and other professionals related to science, technology and services coastal and marine educators, sociologists, economists, businessmen and policymakers, among others. Invitations have been extended to several well known people in the field, governmental and nongovernmental organizations, and other relevant national and international groups in order to give greater clarity to the event.

This is the front entrance to the University of Havana. Several Cuban scientist from the University are attending the Colco Mar Cuba 2009 conference. One of the major discussions this week, has been the incredible health of Cuban reefs as compared to other reefs in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean.

The following photograph is of a Spanish Fort which once guarded the entrance to Cuba. The city of Havana was built in-part, because of this port. While the Spanish-American War was instrumental in Cuba’s break from Spain, the independence movement actually began following the American Civil War. Cuba declared independence on October10, 1868, beginning the period of the Ten Year War. It was with the help of U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt, in 1902, that Cuba became a Republic on May 20th. 57 years later, Fidel Castro took power in January 1959.

Havana is filled with beautiful and historic buildings many dating back to colonial times. This photograph documents one of Cuba’s famous Spanish Churches. It’s in a courtyard called the Cathedral, which is part of the Historic district of Havana.

Images: Kip Evans Deep Search Foundation
Sadie Waddington – Deep Search Foundation


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