Science Beyond Politics: Cuba-US Marine Research and Conservation

  • Daria Siciliano
  • Fernando Bretos
  • Julia Azanza
  • Nanette Svenson
Part of the International and Development Education book series (INTDE)


This chapter explores The Ocean Foundation’s Cuba Marine Research and Conservation Program, mainly through two of its projects, the Guanahacabibes Sea Turtle Conservation Project, and the Three Gulfs Project. Both are ongoing multi-year endeavors that bring together Cuban and US researchers—from the University of Havana, the University of California Santa Cruz, and various other institutes—in unprecedented marine research. The chapter outlines the many benefits and challenges of such collaboration, and describes how The Ocean Foundation, a US-based non-governmental organization, serves as the necessary bridge in this bi-national venture to facilitate cross-border academic/scientific collaboration in a climate of political and socioeconomic tension. It examines the obstacles and processes involved in this partnership, contributions of different participants, and resulting achievements to date.


Marine research University US Cuba Ocean Foundation University of California Santa Cruz University of Havana Non-governmental organizations 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daria Siciliano
    • 1
    • 2
  • Fernando Bretos
    • 2
  • Julia Azanza
    • 3
  • Nanette Svenson
    • 4
  1. 1.Institute of Marine SciencesUniversity of CaliforniaSanta CruzUSA
  2. 2.Cuba Marine Research and Conservation ProgramThe Ocean FoundationWashington, DCUSA
  3. 3.Environmental StudiesCuba Higher Institute of Technology and Applied ScienceHavanaCuba
  4. 4.Global Development ProgramTulane UniversityNew OrleansUSA

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