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Sponge culture and bioremediation in Libya


The project was funded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and saw the University of Genoa and the Libyan Eylam Company as beneficiaries. Aims of the project were: i) to assess the present conservation and trading status of the resource “natural bath sponge” in Libya; ii) to set up pilot sponge-farming plants in Libya; iii) to train local staff in sponge-farming techniques and favour the establishment of novel trading cooperations with EU Companies. Gaia acted as a subcontractor and took care of all the activities performed in Libya, plus data analysis. The project run between 2005 and 2008.


Milanese M, Sarà A, Manconi R, Ben Abdalla A, Pronzato R 2008. Commercial sponge fishing in Libya: historical records, present status and perspectives. Fisheries Research 89(1):90-96