These natural broodstock sea sponges are farmed sustainably using organic methods. Cuttings from wild sponges were cultivated and are now grown on lines submerged in the lagoon of Pohnpei, a remote Pacific Island. These take over one year to grow and the farmers tend their crops from canoes, using only a mask and snorkel. MERIP, a non-profit organisation, offers training in self-sustainability projects to the indigenous people of Pohnpei. Pohnpei is the only place in the world where sponges are commercially farmed.
Marine and Research Institute of Pohnpei (MERIP)
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.Read more
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