Questioning the rise of gelatinous zooplankton in the world's oceans

Gian jellyfish clogging fishing nets in Japan A new study published in BioScience questions claims that jellyfish are increasing worldwide, and suggests that such claims currently are not supported with any hard evidence or scientific analyses to date. Increased speculation and discrepancies about current and future jellyfish blooms by the media and in climate and science reports formed the motivation for this Working Group to convene at NCEAS to examine available data. Over 30 researchers have contributed to this research, assembling globally distributed jellyfish data to examine global jellyfish trends for the first time.

Questioning the rise of gelatinous zooplankton in the world's oceans
Robert H. Condon, William M. Graham, Carlos M. Duarte, Kylie A. Pitt, Cathy H. Lucas, Steven H.D. Haddock, Kelly R. Sutherland, Kelly L. Robinson, Michael N Dawson, Mary Beth Decker, Claudia E. Mills, Jennifer E. Purcell, Alenka Malej, Hermes Mianzan, Shin-ichi Uye, Stefan Gelcich, and Laurence P. Madin
BioScience, 62(2), 160-169, 2012

UCSB press release and video

Following is a sample of the media coverage of this study:
New York Times, Green blog: Evidence for Jellyfish Invasion is Lacking, Study Says
Scientific American: Marine Biologists Uncertain About 'Attack of the Jellyfish'
Live Science: News of Jellyfish Takeover Unfounded, Scientists Say

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Posted on February 2, 2012