Fish and Wildlife Service,(1) was detailed to Panama at the request of that Government to determine the cause of a rapid decline since about 1925 in the abundance of pearl oysters around the Archipielago de las Perlas in the Gulf of Panama (Fig.
Nothing has been written about the oyster fishery in the Archipielago de las Perlas since Galtsoff's 1948 survey.
Galtsoff (1950) stated that around the Archipielago de las Perlas the pearl oysters were found from wading zones to depths of about 22 m, but not exceeding 36 m.
The value of the pearls shipped from the New World to Spain is not known, nor is the share contributed by the Archipielago de las Perlas, but occasionally records mentioned the finding of good pearls from the islands.
In the early 1900's, the pearl oyster fishery along the Pacific coast of Panama was well developed; it provided a steady livelihood to a number of communities on the Archipielago de las Perlas and in the Gulf of Chiriqui, especially around Coiba and other islands.
Galtsoff (1950) stated that the income derived from the pearl fishery had been substantial in the various small communities in the Archipielago de las Perlas, where people engaged primarily in fishing.