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Blooming jellyfish in northeast Atlantic and Mediterranean: Over-fishing, warming waters to blame

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December 14, 2010
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A study examining over 50 years of jellyfish data confirmed an increase in the size and intensity of proliferations of the jellyfish Pelagia noctiluca. There are several complex reasons for this -- over-fishing and the current increase in sea water temperatures.

Mauve stinger jellyfish (Pelagia noctiluca) in a rockpool on the South coast of Sardinia, Italy.

A study examining over 50 years of jellyfish data by an international team, with the participation of the Balearic Oceanography Centre of the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO) has confirmed an increase in the size and intensity of proliferations of the jellyfish Pelagia noctiluca. There are several complex reasons for this -- over-fishing and the current increase in sea water temperatures.


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  1. P. Licandro, D. V. P. Conway, M. N. Daly Yahia, M. L. Fernandez de Puelles, S. Gasparini, J. H. Hecq, P. Tranter, R. R. Kirby. A blooming jellyfish in the northeast Atlantic and Mediterranean. Biology Letters, 2010; 6 (5): 688 DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2010.0150

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