Ocean Doctor – Cuba, Conservation & Collaboration

Partner and fiscal project of The Baum Foundation, Ocean Doctor is dedicated to protecting and restoring our oceans through hands-on conservation, with the mission of advancing the conservation of the world’s oceans through scientific research, education and community engagement.

A Cocodrilo student cleans up trash from their waters

Under the umbrella of Ocean Doctor´s environmental economic effort, its Cuba Conservancy Program has launched the Project Red Alerta in Cocodrilo, a small community on the southern shore of Cuba’s Isle of Youth. Ocean Doctor has been working with community leaders in Cocodrilo to explore new ideas that could simultaneously better connect the community with the adjacent Marine Protected Area and leverage new economic benefits to community members. From these discussions, and largely from Cocodrilo’s residents themselves, emerged Project Red Alerta, a project that integrates education, science and sustainable alternative for income, including ecotourism, while raising environmental awareness and helping ensure the ongoing protection of the MPA. Through this project, a coral reef ecosystem monitoring network and education community. The community is engaging in environmental issues and protection, coral reef ecosystems, their importance and threats, and trained in monitoring methodologies. Cocodrilo students and Red Alerta team have also led grassroot activities such as beach clean-ups, education activities in ocean conservation, local engagement speeches and outreach.

American students visit a school in Cuba with local scientists

Ocean Doctor´s Cuba Education Experiences Program offers a once-in-a-life-time opportunity for your school/group to work with Cuba scientists while learning from Cuba’s local environmental issues, successes and threats, including socioeconomic and cultural issues brought by normalizing relations with the U.S. The program give travelers a unique opportunity to experience hands-on research and field work, while engage in current Ocean Doctor projects, including collaborative research with the University of Havana’s Center for Marine Research (CIM). The educational program helps support Ocean Doctor’s research and conservation efforts in Cuba including bilateral scientific collaboration for the protection of a shared Ocean.


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