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Dec 8th
2009

Climate Change Sponges, Jamaica: Bath sponges

The study in Jamaica funded by the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund has two parts. One part that is examining the effects of climate change on coral reef sponges is going very well and will finish in a few days. The second part is to examine the potential of farming bath sponges to provide an alternative and environmentally friendly source of income for local fisherman, similar to work that I did with Torres Strait Islanders in Australia. “Bath sponges” are the cleaned spongin skeletons of certain sponge species. Sponges are easily farmed in mesh panels or on lines and can double in size in 6 months when grown in optimal conditions.

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