30 May '13, 10pm

UN Warns of Global Shift ‘From a Fish to a Jellyfish Ocean’

UN Warns of Global Shift ‘From a Fish to a Jellyfish Ocean’

ROME, Italy , May 30, 2013 (ENS) – Jumps in jellyfish populations following overfishing is one reason why fish in the Mediterranean and Black seas are declining, finds a new United Nations report that advocates factoring jellyfish “blooms” into fisheries management strategies. Jellyfish bloom in Mar Menor, a salty lagoon on Spain’s Mediterranean coast, October 2012 (Photo by Stephanie Booth ) Overfishing removes top predators from the sea, helping to create ideal conditions for jellyfish blooms, according to the report, “Review of Jellyfish Blooms in the Mediterranean and Black Sea,” published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean. “It is clear that a new type of human approach to marine ecosystems in general is needed to prevent and face a phenomenon such as the jellyfish blooms,” writes the report’s author, Ferdi...

Full article: http://ens-newswire.com/2013/05/30/un-warns-of-global-shi...

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