MacKenzie, Jr. , Clyde L. (1999) A History of the Pearl Oyster Fishery in the Archipielago de las Perlas, Panama. Marine Fisheries Review, 61(2), pp. 58-65.
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The pearl oyster, Pinctada margaritifera mazatlanica, was once found around the Archipielago de las Perlas in Panama in abundance and it supported a substantial fishery by hard hat divers. The products were pearls, shells used for making buttons, and meats used locally for food. After the mid 1920’s, the fishery declined due to overfishing, and by the 1940’s it was nearly gone. The oysters began to repopulate the grounds during the 1970’s, but the oysters remain relatively scarce. Fishing has since resumed on a small scale by skin divers using face masks.
|Title:||A History of the Pearl Oyster Fishery in the Archipielago de las Perlas, Panama|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Marine Fisheries Review|
|Page Range:||pp. 58-65|
|Issuing Agency:||United States National Marine Fisheries Service|
|Depositing User:||Patti M. Marraro|
|Date Deposited:||14 Aug 2012 20:11|
|Last Modified:||14 Aug 2012 20:11|
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