Empowering stakeholders to manage stinging jellyfish: a perspective

Kingsford, M.J., Becken, S., Bordehore, C., Fuentes, V.L., Pitt, K.A., and Yangihara, A.A. (2018) Empowering stakeholders to manage stinging jellyfish: a perspective. Coastal Management, 46 (1). pp. 1-18.

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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.

Item ID: 52394
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1521-0421
Keywords: determining risk, eco-groups, jellyfish, managers, stakeholder-chain, stings
Copyright Information: © 2018 Taylor & Francis.
Funders: European Commission (EC), Spanish Government (SG), National Environmental Science Programme (NESP)
Projects and Grants: EC/SG LIFE 08 NAT ES 0064
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2018 07:32
FoR Codes: 38 ECONOMICS > 3801 Applied economics > 380105 Environment and resource economics @ 50%
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410403 Environmental education and extension @ 50%
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