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Title: Impressions obtained from Captain and fishermen at cafe and grocery store, trip to sponge beds, c.November 1934: laboratory research, sponges
Keywords: sponges (Porifera)
sponge beds
sponge disease
Tarpon Springs, Florida
North Anclote Key, Florida
New Smyrna, Florida
Issue Date: Nov-1934
Series/Report no.: BBL Papers
Abstract: This item is part of a series of material relating to a report produced by the Bass Biological Laboratory at the request of the Bureau of Fisheries of the United States Department of Commerce on the destruction of the sponge beds near Tarpon Springs, Florida. George Emmanuel, president of the Sponge Exchange in Tarpon Springs, requested an investigation, and Deputy Commissioner Chas E. Jackson of the Bureau of Fisheries requested assistance from John F. Bass Jr. and his associates: Ruby Bere of the Bass Biological Laboratory, Archie Fairly Carr Jr. of the University of Florida, Lowell E. Noland of the University of Wisconsin, John Kilby from the University of Florida, and William Davis of the Bass Biological Laboratory. The investigation took place around November 23 and 24, 1934. These notes include impressions of the Bass team on the situation in Tarpon Springs. This item notes how the locals downplayed the sponge infection and the animosity between sponge 'divers' and 'hookers.' Speculation on George Emmanuel references his ignorance of both the sponge situation and sponges in general, as well as his unpopularity among the fishermen. The author of these impressions notes Emmanuel's failure to protect the sponge 'hookers' by neglecting to implement a code for the sponge industry in the area.
Description: 1 p. (2 sides, pdf is 2 p.), 5.75 x 8.5 in.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2075/646
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