Cuba turns down Hemingway fishing log request

2014-09-12 19:23
John Hemingway takes photos of the Nobel Prize medal received by Ernest Hemingway, while his brother Patrick holds the medal during a visit to the home of late American author in Finca Vigia, Cuba. (Ramon Espinosa, AP)

John Hemingway takes photos of the Nobel Prize medal received by Ernest Hemingway, while his brother Patrick holds the medal during a visit to the home of late American author in Finca Vigia, Cuba. (Ramon Espinosa, AP)

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Havana - US scientists won't get immediate access to potentially invaluable fishing logs kept by Ernest Hemingway but authorities will work to let researchers see them eventually, Cuban officials said on Thursday.

The national cultural heritage council said marine scientists on a tour with the author's grandsons wouldn't be able to see the logs before the group returns to the US on Saturday.

Scientist David Die said he was optimistic about eventually being able to see the logs, which may contain enough details about the Nobel laureate's decades of game fishing off Cuba that they help measure how much sport-fish populations have declined due to overfishing.

Sport fishermen's records typically contain details of the numbers of fish caught and their size and are some of the only resources for scientists measuring such declines.
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