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Ecologic tourism helps environmental protection in Cuba

The design of ecological tourism on the basis of environmental protection has boosted the recovery of endangered species and increased sporting events.

Javier Baez Vila, Deputy Director of Tourism of the National Flora and Fauna Protection Enterprise told ACN that the increase of ecological tourism in the Keys, off the north coast of Villa Clara, and the gradual recovery of species such as the Macabi and Shad show that both tourism and environmental protection can coexist.

Actions to protect those marine species, which had been threatened by sports fishing, were strengthened about nine months ago. Thanks to that effort more shoals and bigger fishes of those species have already been reported.

The protection work along the north coast of this central province has become of interest to foreign visitors, who can appreciate the conservation of the Las Loras protected area. This region is known as the largest natural reservoir for nesting flamingos in Cuba.

Experts have reported an increase of the Ligus winkle population that inhabits the east of Cayo Santa Maria, where all necessary measures for its protection have been implemented.

The flow of tourists in the isles is regulated by a system of signs that show paths that can be used and limits the access to areas used for the reproduction and raising of certain species, at the same time they display areas devoted to sports fishing.

Throughout the Keys the use of any type of fishing nets is prohibited to avoid the capture of fish during spawning periods and the deterioration of the sea bed.