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Mitigation tools for jellyfish impact in coastal area through collaborative citizen science approach

AuthorsMarambio, Macarena ; López-Castillo, L.; Kéfi-Daly Yahia, Ons; Nejib Daly Yahia, Mohamed; Deidun, Alan; Piraino, Stefano; Fuentes, Veronica
Issue Date24-Feb-2014
PublisherAssociation for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography
Citation2015 Aquatic Sciences Meeting. Program Book: 85 (2015)
AbstractDuring the last years, jellyfish proliferations have been a common topic in coastal areas mainly due to the socio-economic impacts associated. Developing mitigation tools is one way of reducing this impact and we believe that information is a strong countermeasure against this problem. In the framework of the Med-Jellyrisk Project, the MEDJELLY mobile application, available for Spain, Malta and Tunisia, is working daily during the summer season to provide citizens real-time information about jellyfish presence in coastal areas. In the Catalan coast (Spain), this mobile App works within a collaborative citizen science approach, involving coastal municipalities and administrations through a jellyfish observation network formed by trained personnel from the Rescue Services of 260 beaches. Volunteers collect the information about presence of jellyfish, together with flag status and some environmental parameters every morning, which is validated by jellyfish experts and posted daily in the application. Results showed that this kind of tools are nicely welcome among society as a way of providing users a useful tool against jellyfish outbreaks and volunteers participation being rewarded by public information feedback on jellyfish awareness
DescriptionAquatic Sciences Meeting, Aquatic Sciences: Global And Regional Perspectives - North Meets South, 22-27 February 2015, Granada, Spain
Publisher version (URL)http://www.sgmeet.com/aslo/granada2015/program.asp
Appears in Collections:(ICM) Comunicaciones congresos
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