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2007 Associate Award Winner
Jorge Angulo-Valdes Cuba Coastal and Marine
National marine park for providing fishery sustainability, Cuba

The effectiveness of a Cuban National Marine Park in providing fishery sustainability

Punta Frances National Marine Park (PFNMP) is one of the first marine areas to be protected in Cuba. It was closed to fisheries in 1976 however due to lack of enforcement significant fishery has been taken place within the PFNMP, endangering its natural resources and habitats. Jorge and his team aim to assess the effectiveness of the marine protected area in providing sustainable fishing.

They are working to change the perception of the MPA amongst stakeholders, particularly fishermen, by increasing their understanding about the importance of preserving fishing. As part of the project, Jorge and the team are exploring alternative fishing options that allow local people to continue to fish but in a more sustainable way.