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We should not assume that fishing jellyfish will solve our jellyfish problem
Gibbons, M.J.; Boero, F.; Brotz, L. (2016). We should not assume that fishing jellyfish will solve our jellyfish problem. ICES J. Mar. Sci./J. Cons. int. Explor. Mer 73(4): 1012-1018. hdl.handle.net/10.1093/icesjms/fsv255
In: ICES Journal of Marine Science. Academic Press: London. ISSN 1054-3139, more
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Keywords
    Fisheries; Impacts; Marine
Author keywords
    Ecosystem effects; Jellyfish

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  • Gibbons, M.J.
  • Boero, F., more
  • Brotz, L.

Abstract
    Whether jellyfish are increasing or not in the global ocean is a subject of some debate, but the fact remains that when they bloom, jellyfish can negatively affect local economies. Despite this, there has been no robust debate about the idea of deliberately removing jellyfish as a means of population control. Here, we discuss the effects of fishing for jellyfish, either as a sustainable resource and/or as a way to simply reduce their nuisance value, on both individual jellyfish populations and the ecosystem. Given that the drivers influencing each local bloom are different, or that the effects of more widespread drivers may be manifested differently at each locale, our priority at population control/use needs to be more basic research on jellyfish. While we do not advocate a no-fishing approach, we emphasize the need to be cautious in embracing jellyfish fisheries as a panacea and we need to consider the management of each bloom on a case-by-case basis

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