Lobster diving came to the Northern Coast of Honduras in the 1960's as American restaurant chain's demand for inexpensive lobster grew. The lobster divers of the Miskito Coast are asked to dive to devastating depths using outdated and unsafe scuba equimpent. They typically dive between 5 and 10 times a day at depths of over 100 feet. As a result, over 50% of the 9000 Miskito divers suffer from incontinence to paralysis. Adequate health care is seldom available to treat or care for those affected. As a result, many of the divers die or are incapacitated at very young ages leaving their families without a means of support.
Michael Bonfigli is a Washington DC based photojournalist, a former Peace Corps volunteer with a masters degree in education. He has over 20 years of experience photographing a wide range of topics around the world for magazines, NGOs, and commercial clients. His work in the north coast region of Honduras has been widely published and exhibited and is presently being edted for a book.
He is also a founding member Metro Collective, an international coalition photographers who are united by a shared dedication to documentary work focusing on humanistic stories and themes.