HAVANA, April 18 (Reinaldo Cosano Alén) - The opening of a port capable of handling barges of up to 1,000 metric tons in Cayo Coco, off central Cuba's north coast, will decrease the need for ecology-threatening causeways between the main island and its adjacent cays.
In the last few years, the Cuban government, in cooperation with foreign capital, has been developing tourist resorts in the ecologically sensitive cays off the northern Cuban coast. In order to transport materials, supplies, equipment and personnel, authorities have built a series of
causeways by dumping crushed rock and clay in the water up to the level where they can pave over it.
The problem with these causeways has been the disruption of natural tidal flows and of migration and mating patterns by the local fauna. The Cuban ecological group Naturpaz has frequently complained about the adverse effects of the causeways and of the developments in general.The new port
negates the benefit of these causeways and allows for lower costs in transportation to the cays.
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