A diver harvesting the sea sponges

A diver harvesting the sea sponges

Seeding the sponges

Seeding the sponges

Dividing the sponges

Dividing the sponges

Marine and Research Institute of Pohnpei (MERIP)

Micronesia

The indigenous coastal villagers of Pohnpei farm sea sponges using sustainable and environmental processes to generate income from their adjacent coastal reefs. The Marine and Research Institute of Pohnpei (MERIP) partners with the community to enhance their livelihoods whilst protecting their natural resources for the next generation.