Sponges have been a target of commercial fisheries for more than a century in The Bahamas and worldwide. At its peak, the fishery was the primary industry in The Bahamas and was ranked third globally. However, the history of sponging in The Bahamas is riddled with periods of fantastic growth, overexploitation, and population collapse. I aim to reconstruct the sponge fisheries of The Bahamas from its inception to present-day to better understand drivers of growth and decline, and finds ways to make the fishery sustainable.
See the link below for a brief webinar (starting at 50:20) outlining my current research on reconstructing the sponge fishery in The Bahamas.Read More