Sea Turtles Get the Spotlight in U.S.-Cuba Thaw

2015-12-18T10:52:11+00:00 December 18, 2015|
The hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) is a critically endangered sea turtle belonging to the family Cheloniidae. (Credit: Matt Kieffer)

(Click to enlarge) The hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) is a critically endangered sea turtle belonging to the family Cheloniidae. (Credit: Matt Kieffer)

Dip­lo­mats are learn­ing, as magazine ed­it­ors dis­covered years ago, that post­ing cute an­im­al pho­tos on the in­ter­net is a great way to pro­mote a con­tro­ver­sial for­eign policy de­cision.

(From the National Journal / by  Ben Geman) — The State De­part­ment is test­ing the pro­pos­i­tion by high­light­ing one ef­fect of Pres­id­ent Obama’s year-old de­cision to re­store dip­lo­mat­ic ties with Cuba. A post on State’s Dip­Note blog fea­tures a photo of the en­dangered Hawks­bill sea turtle atop a de­scrip­tion of joint en­vir­on­ment­al work between the once-es­tranged na­tions: “One of the first fruits of this new re­la­tion­ship is a plan to in­crease co­oper­a­tion in mar­ine pro­tec­tion.” “With only ninety miles of sea di­vid­ing the United States and Cuba, col­lab­or­a­tion on mar­ine mat­ters is es­pe­cially im­port­ant,” writes Ju­dith Garber, a top State en­vir­on­ment­al of­fi­cial. Her post de­scribes the plan hatched this fall to col­lab­or­ate on re­search, edu­ca­tion and re­source man­age­ment in “mar­ine pro­tec­ted areas.”

Read the full article here: http://www.nationaljournal.com/s/126260/sea-turtles-get-spotlight-u-s-cuba-thaw?mref=home_left_1