The Origin of the Florida Sponge Fishery

Witzell, W. N. (1998) The Origin of the Florida Sponge Fishery. Marine Fisheries Review, 60(1), pp. 27-32.

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Abstract

Sponges were used domestically by Key West, Fla., pioneers soon after the town was settled in 1822 (Collins, 1887). Fortunately, aroung 1852, it was discovered that Florida sponges were able to compete with imported sponges from the Mediterranean, and they soon became commercially successful (Moore, 1910). These Florida-caught sponges were shipped to markets in New York and sold for domestic cleaning and personal hygiene, as upholstery stuffing and packing material, and for cleaning military cannons.

Item Type: Article
Title: The Origin of the Florida Sponge Fishery
Personal Creator/Author:
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Witzell, W. N.
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Fisheries Review
Volume: 60
Number: 1
Page Range: pp. 27-32
Date: 1998
ISSN: 0090-1830
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Biology
Ecology
Fisheries
Item ID: 9806
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2012 20:06
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2012 20:06
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/9806

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