If the biota, in the course of aeons, has built something we like but do not understand, then who but a fool would discard seemingly useless parts? To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering. Aldo Leopold, Round River, 1993.
Beginning in 1998, Reef Relief worked with Cuban scientists to survey the health of Cuban coral reefs. While the Cuban embargo has impeded practical solutions such as mooring buoys, the Quirolos and Reef Relief supported environmental education and surveys that helps Cuban conservation efforts. Angelita Corvea, formerly of the Cuban Institute of Marine Science, has now founded Aculina, an award-winning nonprofit marine conservation organization in Havana that focuses on marine debris and education.