Sep 08, 2014
By Michael Kramer
Ernest Hemingway’s grandsons have been welcomed like heros in the Cuban village where the author spent years – when he fished for tuna and marlin – in the waters of the Florida Straits.
John and Patrick Hemingway and a team of U.S. researchers are undertaking a five-day mission – aimed at building trust between American and Cuban scientists.
They’re also hoping to learn more about the massive game fish.
U.S. scientists believe Hemingway’s fishing logs could contain the earliest detailed data on deep-ocean fish populations in the straits – and they hope to negotiate access to them in Cuba.
Hemingway’s Pulitzer-winning “The Old Man and the Sea” tells the tale of an aging fisherman’s battle with a giant marlin.
The Nobel laureate was one of the earliest and most prolific sport fishermen in the straits.