Perspective: The MPAs of Cuba and the implications of a potential end to the US embargo

By Daria Siciliano

The ecologically rich and relatively understudied Cuban coasts have not experienced the levels of development seen in the rest of the Caribbean.  This is due in large part to the US trade embargo of the country, which dates back to the early 1960s.  Although the countries are divided by just 150 km of water, there has been very little trade or travel between them for 55 years.