Long Island to expand sponging industry

Long Island spongers are looking to expand the local sponging industry and are considering the formation of a local association after officials from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) sponsored project, to revitalise the industry nationwide, held a recent town meeting.

More than a dozen spongers on the island expressed interest in moving forward with the association and increasing sponge production.

The $1.1 million project seeks to increase income for spongers by providing them with a larger share of the revenue from the industry.

Long Islanders who have already invested in the industry said they are full of energy and focused on expanding locally in order to take full economic advantage of sponging in The Bahamas.