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University of Richmond

Publication Date

Spring 2009

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Tanzania-Zanzibar: Coastal Ecology and Natural Resource Management


The sponge population of Chumbe Island, off the western coast of Unguja Island was studied. Opportunistic observation, underwater photography, and sponge collection on the eastern side of the island was conducted. The sponge samples collected where then taxonomically analyzed in the lab. This is study will contribute to the limited amount of information known about sponge taxonomy and prevalence in the Western Indian Ocean region. It will increase the knowledge about the diversity of sponges in this region. The information collected from this experiment was compiled into a booklet that will be available to the tourists as well as the educational department at Chumbe Island.


Aquaculture and Fisheries | Biology


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