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Review of Jellyfish Blooms in the Mediterranean and Black Sea

June 25, 2014

In the last decade, the media have been reporting on an increasingly high number of gelatinous plankton blooms in the Mediterranean and Black Sea. Thousands of tourists are stung, fisheries are harmed and coastal industrial plants are clogged by gelatinous masses. This review provides an update on this phenomenon and illustrates how the problem is affecting societies. Overfishing may be one of the reasons behind the increase in several jellyfish populations, and the author argues for including gelatinous zooplankton in fisheries management.

Boero F, 2014: Review of Jellyfish Blooms in the Mediterranean and Black Sea, Marine Biology Research, doi:10.1080/17451000.2014.880790. Article (subscription required).

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