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Title

Jellyfish blooms: advances and challenges

AuthorsFuentes, Veronica ; Purcell, Jennifer E.; Condon, Robert H.; Lombard, Fabien; Lucas, Cathy H.
KeywordsMedusae
Fisheries
Food web
Ecology
Population dynamics
Life cycle
Scyphistoma
Ctenophores
Gelatinous zooplankton
Issue DateMar-2018
PublisherInter Research
CitationMarine Ecology Progress Series 591: 3-5 (2018)
AbstractAs jellyfish interactions with humans increase in coastal waters, there is an urgent need to provide science-based management strategies to mitigate the negative socioeconomic impacts of jellyfish blooms and to exploit potential benefits of their ecosystem services. This Theme Section presents the latest advances in jellyfish research, from new sampling methods to food-web and life-cycle studies. The methodological advances presented will help to overcome difficulties in sampling due to the fluctuations in abundance and irregular distributions of jellyfish. The ecology of gelatinous species in marine food webs is explored through studying interactions between jellyfish and fish. Aspects of jellyfish life cycles, which often include both attached polyps and swimming medusae, are elucidated by locating the polyps and determining the factors that contribute to their success. Knowledge on all of these factors will be essential to understand the bloom dynamics of specific jellyfish groups
Description3 pages
Publisher version (URL)https://doi.org/10.3354/meps12536
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/164556
Identifiersdoi: 10.3354/meps12536
issn: 0171-8630
e-issn: 1616-1599
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