Scientists, engineers, students, educators, policy makers and other stake holders were brought together during the 2015 ASLO Meeting to engage in an international dialogue. Plenary talks and special sessions focused on global and regional patterns of aquatic systems in diverse northern and southern inland water biomes and oceanographic provinces emphasizing both similarities and differences. This theme is a critical scientific challenge as our discipline moves to understand and confront human accelerated environmental change.
An special session about "Human and Jellyfish interactions" was organised with the aim to discuss about the current investigations on this topic. Jellyfish populations may be increasing in many areas of the world that are strongly impacted by human activities. Likewise, human use of coastal waters continues to increase. Consequently, the jellies are causing increasing problems for humans in several industries, particularly fisheries, aquaculture, tourism, and power and freshwater production. Several European-funded programs are addressing these problems with cooperation between scientists, economists, the public, services (e.g. Local Administrations, Red Cross), industries, and local and regional governments. As a result, progress is being made in identifying effective human responses to the "jellyfish problem." On the other hand, jellyfish also present opportunities for humans, by providing food, medicines, and commercial products.
The LIFE CUBOMED project contributed to this discussion with the results presented in two oral presentations and one poster:
Acevedo, M. J.; Canepa, A.; Zappu, S.; Bosch-Belmar, M.; Alonso, C.; Bordehore, C.; Calbet, A.; Fuentes, V.; COASTAL EUTROPHICATION MAY DRIVE THE NATIVE SPECIES CARYBDEA MARSUPIALIS (CNIDARIA: CUBOZOA) TO AN “INVADER STATUS” IN THE MEDITERRANEAN (Abstract ID:26656) O
Bordehore, C.; Fuentes, V. L.; Segarra, J. G.; Acevedo, M.; Canepa, A.; Raventós, J.; EVALUATING THEORETICAL MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES FOR THE BOX JELLYFISH CARYBDEA MARSUPIALIS USING A MATRIX POPULATION MODEL (INVERSE METHOD FOR TIME SERIES) (Abstract ID:26064) O
Alonso, C.; Bordehore, C.; Sánzhez-Fernández, L.; Canepa, A. J.; Acevedo, M.; Nogué, S.; Fuentes, V. L.; JELLYFISH PREVAIL AMONG LIFEGUARD ASSISTANCES AT THE SPANISH MEDITERRANEAN BEACHES. PROPOSALS FOR IMPROVING RISK MANAGEMENT. (Abstract ID:26549) P