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Increasing events of jellyfish outbreaks that can reach hundreds of individuals per cubic metre are harmful to marine ecosystems and human health, with severe impacts on fisheries, tourism and aquaculture. For instance, jellyfish outbreaks are responsible for major fish kills, causing profit loss for the global marine aquaculture industry.
ColomboSky is addressing this issue by offering JellyX, an advanced web mapping tool for large scale monitoring of jellyfish swarms and their drift, based on oceanographic data provided by Copernicus Marine Service. Fish farmers, coastal managers and tourism authorities, actively seeking effective solutions to this problem, can use JellyX to forecast jellyfish outbreaks and monitor their drift in order to timely activate loss minimisation strategies and closure of recreational beaches.
JellyX service currently applies to the Mediterranean Sea and is integrated into the AquaX platform, a complete online solution tailored to the aquaculture industry for water quality monitoring and environmental risk prevention.
The classification maps of Capraia Island (Tuscan Archipelago, Italy) and of the Mediterranean coasts of Spain show the level of risk associated with the presence of jellyfish bloom: 0 for low risk or absence of jellyfish, 1 for medium risk or potential presence of few individuals, 2 represents a high risk of massive proliferation.