The objective of the project is to assist the spongers in The Bahamas to increase their global market share through the following activities i) surveying the current state of the Bahamian sponge industry to look at the sustainability and capacity of the natural resource. ii) Investigating avenues of sustainable growth of the industry for sponge farming and expanded use of the total sponge. iii) Educating and training the spongers in methods to grow their sponging businesses which will involve technical and business training. iv) Marketing and promotion of the Bahamian Sponging industry both locally and internationally to maximize the opportunities for job creation and increased income. v) Strengthening of the Fisheries Alliance Association to develop among the members high standards of conduct, practice and responsibility in the pursuit of their trade