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Jellyfish Sightings Along the Italian Coastline from 2009 to 2017
Citable as data publication
Boero Ferdinando, Piraino Stefano, Zampardi Serena (2019). Jellyfish sightings along the Italian coastline from 2009 to 2017. Marine Data Archive. https://doi.org/10.14284/345

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Description
The lack of gelatinous blooms data reveals scant attention to such phenomena due to their irregular occurrence (Boero et al. 2008), to modern publication trends that give no importance to observations (Boero 2013b), to current monitoring programs that usually do not cover jellyfish (Riisgård et al. 2012) and to the lack of remote sensing tools to detect jellyfish. From 2009 the Italian project Occhio alla Medusa started involving citizens to record sightings of gelatinous organisms. In 2010 till 2015, the Italian popular science magazine FOCUS supported the campaign dedicating a webpage and releasing a smartphone app to upload records. more

From 2013 we started to collect data also from the web. In 2016 we opened a facebook page “Meteo Meduse” to replace the app. Species of gelatinous macrozooplancton including Cnidaria, Ctenophora, and Thaliacea, have been sighted by citizens recording date of observation, species name or genus, location, abundance as number of individuals per square meter, coordinates and a picture. We validate about 6000 records of bloom events from 2009-2017 and the collection is still continuing by email and the fb page.

Scope
Themes:
Biology > Plankton > Zooplankton
Keywords:
Marine, Citizen science, Gelatinous zooplankton, Jellyplankton: jellyfish blooms, MED, Adriatic Sea, MED, Ionian Sea, MED, Ligurian Sea, MED, Tyrrhenian Sea, Cnidaria, Ctenophora, Thaliacea

Geographical coverage
MED, Adriatic Sea [Marine Regions]
MED, Ionian Sea [Marine Regions]
MED, Ligurian Sea [Marine Regions]
MED, Tyrrhenian Sea [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
2009 - 2017

Taxonomic coverage
Cnidaria [WoRMS]
Ctenophora [WoRMS]
Thaliacea [WoRMS]

Parameter
Abundance

Contributors
University of Salento; National Interuniversity Consortium For Marine Sciences (CoNISMa), moredata creator

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Monitoring: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2018-07-18
Information last updated: 2019-03-04
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