Assessing the effectiveness of Jardines de la Reina National Park in Shark and Ray Conservation

Photo: Noel Lopez Fernandez
Grantee Centro de Investigaciones Marinas, fiscally sponsored by Wildlife Conservation Society
Location Cuba
Grant Amount 25,000
Duration One year
Type of Grant Small

Jardines de la Reina National Park is the most iconic Cuban Marine Protected Area (MPA), but its role in protecting sharks and rays is poorly known, especially for IUCN listed endangered and CITES regulated species such as hammerhead sharks. This project will investigate movement patterns and habitat use of quintessential coastal sharks and rays that inhabit the Park and surrounding fishing grounds with the goal of providing biological information to inform effective management and conservation of these valuable species.