An intersting historical view of The Bahamian sponge fishery

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Photo Credit: http://www.oldbahamas.com/id6.html

While searching for information on the sponge fishery in The Bahamas I came across this gem. It is a 1895 newspaper article from Toronto’s Daily Mail and Empire that describes Bahamian sponges as “so plentiful and cheap that they are used for all sorts of before-unheard-of purposes….many a boat has a sponge in each end as big as a half barrel, which answers for a seat.” Clearly sponges have long been an integral piece of  The Bahamas economy as well as ecosystems. It is ironic that, given their historical abundance and importance, sponge diversity in the Bahamas is severely under reported (see previous post here).

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