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European gelatinous zooplankton: mechanisms behind jellyfish blooms and their ecological and socio-economical effects

Objective

The overall aim of EUROGEL is to identify and quantify key factors regulating jellyplantkon abundance and succession. Jellyplankton outbursts affect fisheries, aquaculture, coastal tourism and industrial development negatively, and information on jellyplankton is a bottleneck in marine ecological process studies. Through a joined experimental and field-based effort by 9 European partners, EUROGEL will explain the mechanisms behind mass developments and quantify their ecological and socio-economical consequences. EUROGEL includes studies on the functional biology of key species, the mechanisms behind trophic interactions, especially with fish larva, and how biotic and a biotic factors govern survival, growth and reproduction. Information from experimental and fieldwork will be used in modelling approaches to predict competitive ability of jellyplanton, development and spreading of jellyplantkon swarms. We will also study the toxic effects on fish, a serious problem in aquaculture.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF BERGEN
Address
55,Thormoehlensgt. 55
5020 Bergen
Norway

Participants (9)

CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
Address
S/n,paseo Juan De Borbo S/n
08039 Barcelona
DANISH INSTITUTE OF FISHERIES RESEARCH
Denmark
Address
Kavalergaarden 6
2920 Charlottenlund
INSTITUTE OF FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE - VARNA, NATIONAL CENTER FOR AGRARIAN SCIENCES
Bulgaria
Address
Primorski Blvd. 4
9000 Varna
INSTITUTO ESPANOL DE OCEANOGRAFIA
Spain
Address
Varadero, 1
30740 San Pedro Del Pinatar
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, GALWAY
Ireland
Address
University Road
90 Galway
NORTH ATLANTIC FISHERIES COLLEGE
United Kingdom
Address
Port Arthur
ZE1 0UN Shetland
UNIVERSITY OF HAMBURG
Germany
Address
Martin-luther-king-platz 3
20146 Hamburg
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN DENMARK - UNIVERSITY OF ODENSE
Denmark
Address
55,Campusvej 55
5230 Odense
University of Aberdeen
United Kingdom
Address
2 Tillydrone Avenue
AB9 2TN Aberdeen