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Project ID: EVK3-CT-2002-00074
Gefördert unter: FP5-EESD
Land: Spain

A database of jellyfish outbreaks in coastal lagoons with emphasis on factors promoting this problem

The outburst and mass occurrence of jellyfish in coastal lagoons is an expanding problem in temperate latitudes of the world. They started to be reported in the Caribbean Sea (México, Venezuela and Colombia) and later were observed in the Mediterranean (e.g. Spain, Croatia, Morocco, Tunisia) and Australia. The number of species involved is increasing and they seem to be good indicators of the factors supporting these environmental changes.

More examples are expected to be reported in the future, especially in coastal areas with increasing human colonization. Coastal lagoons are fragile semienclosed ecosystems that respond quickly to environmental changes caused by anthropogenic activities and pollution. The databank is filled with all the information available in the literature from the coastal lagoons reported and/or investigated up to date.

The main objective and benefits from this product is to encompass all these data in a single source in order to facilitate comparisons between ecosystems and to find relationships that help scientists and environmental politicians to know and understand the origin and development of these jellyfish outbursts.

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