Empowering Stakeholders to Manage Stinging Jellyfish: A Perspective

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Title: Empowering Stakeholders to Manage Stinging Jellyfish: A Perspective
Authors: Kingsford, Michael J. | Becken, Susanne | Bordehore, Cesar | Fuentes, Verónica L. | Pitt, Kylie A. | Yangihara, Angel A.
Research Group/s: Gestión de Ecosistemas y de la Biodiversidad (GEB)
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Ecología | Universidad de Alicante. Instituto Multidisciplinar para el Estudio del Medio "Ramón Margalef"
Keywords: Determining risk | Eco-groups | Jellyfish | Managers | Stakeholder-chain | Stings
Knowledge Area: Ecología
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: Coastal Management. 2018, 46(1): 1-18. doi:10.1080/08920753.2018.1405326
Abstract: A global challenge is dealing with the risk of envenomation by the stinging jellyfish. Those who are affected include: the people stung, tourist providers; diving and adventure operations, beach and park authorities, life guards, commercial marine operators as well as local and centralized government; we focus on tourism. There is a diversity of jellyfish that pose a risk and they vary greatly in their ecology. Here, we propose five eco-groups of jellyfish to assist in prioritizing estimates of the risks to a broad clientele. Eco-groups are: (1) “Pulse species” that impact on beaches for short well-defined periods; (2) “Shelf-wide species;” (3) “Nearshore species;” (4) “Drifter species” and (5) “Deep sea species.” Great spatial variation and strong seasonality in the occurrence and abundance of jellyfish is the rule, rather than the exception, and this indicates that local knowledge and preventative action is the key to reducing the risk of envenomation. Managers can take control by getting involved in: predicting risk, detecting the presence of jellyfish and advising on/or providing barriers and protection, first responses and treatment of sting victims. Good communication and record keeping is critical within the stakeholder chain.
Sponsor: Part of this research was carried out under contract LIFE 08 NAT ES 0064 (to CB and VF) co-financed by the European Commission and Spanish Government.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/83774
ISSN: 0892-0753 (Print) | 1521-0421 (Online)
DOI: 10.1080/08920753.2018.1405326
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2018 Taylor & Francis
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/08920753.2018.1405326
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