Warming oceans: Zanzibar's seaweed farmers are turning to ocean sponges to help stay afloat 

A scuba diver goes underwater to check up on the hanging sponge farm in Jambiani, Tanzania. September 9, 2015.

The sponges are more resilient to a shifting climate than seaweed, need less maintenance and sell at higher prices to hotels and tourists. Image: Marinecultures

Kim Harrisberg
Water Rights Correspondent, Thomson Reuters Foundation
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Nasir Hassan Haji holds up her harvested sponges in a bag from her home in Jambiani in Zanzibar, Tanzania. June 21, 2021.
The sponges sell for a higher price than product grown previously on seaweed farms. Image: Thomson Reuters Foundation/Kim Harrisberg
Nasir Hassan Haji smiles as she snorkels among her sponge farm in Jambiani, Zanzibar. September 9, 2015.
Marinecultures.org is also focusing on coral reef rehabilitation and efforts to regulate fishing zones Image: Marinecultures
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