Jellyfish Blooms: Ecological and Societal Importance

Proceedings of the International Conference on Jellyfish Blooms, held in Gulf Shores, Alabama, 12–14 January 2000

  • J. E. Purcell
  • W. M. Graham
  • H. J. Dumont
Conference proceedings

Part of the Developments in Hydrobiology book series (DIHY, volume 155)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Jellyfish and Human Enterprise: Fisheries and Tourism

    1. Y-H. Peggy Hsieh, Fui-Ming Leong, Jack Rudloe
      Pages 11-17
    2. Makoto Omori, Eiji Nakano
      Pages 19-26
    3. Jennifer E. Purcell, Mary N. Arai
      Pages 27-44
    4. H. Mianzan, M. Pájaro, G. Alvarez Colombo, A. Madirolas
      Pages 45-53
  3. Jellyfish and Changing Ecosystems

    1. Mike N. Dawson, Laura E. Martin, Lolita K. Penland
      Pages 131-144
    2. Jennifer E. Purcell, Tamara A. Shiganova, Mary Beth Decker, Edward D. Houde
      Pages 145-176
    3. G. A. Finenko, B. E. Anninsky, Z. A. Romanova, G. I. Abolmasova, A. E. Kideys
      Pages 177-186
    4. Tamara A. Shiganova, Yulia V. Bulgakova, Stanislav P. Volovik, Zinaida A. Mirzoyan, Sergey I. Dudkin
      Pages 187-197
  4. Physical/Hydrodynamic Interactions With Jellyfish

    1. William M. Graham, Fransesc Pagès, William M. Hamner
      Pages 199-212
    2. Donald R. Johnson, Harriet M. Perry, W. David Burke
      Pages 213-221
    3. Isabella D’Ambra, John H. Costello, Flegra Bentivegna
      Pages 223-227
  5. Jellyfish Reproduction and Population Biology

  6. General Ecology of Jellyfish

About these proceedings


`Jellyfish', a group that includes scyphomedusae, hydromedusae, siphonophores and ctenophores, are important zooplankton predators throughout the world's estuaries and oceans. These beautiful creatures have come to public attention as featured exhibits in aquaria and in news headlines as invaders and as providers of genes used in biomedical research. Nevertheless, jellyfish are generally considered to be nuisances because they interfere with human activities by stinging swimmers, clogging power plant intakes and nets of fishermen and fish farms, and competing with fish and eating fish eggs and larvae. There is concern that environmental changes such as global warming, eutrophication, and over-fishing may result in increased jellyfish populations.
The literature reviews and research papers in this volume explore the interactions between jellyfish and humans. Papers cover the medical aspects of jellyfish stings, jellyfish as human food and jellyfish fisheries, interactions of jellyfish and fish, effects of environmental changes on jellyfish, effects of introduced ctenophores on the Black Sea ecosystem, factors causing increases or concentrations of jellyfish, and others aspects of jellyfish ecology. This is an important reference for students and professional marine biologists, oceanographers, fishery scientists, and aquarists.


Eutrophication Ocean aquaria biology ecology ecosystem environment fish food genetics marine parasites plankton temperature

Editors and affiliations

  • J. E. Purcell
    • 1
  • W. M. Graham
    • 2
  • H. J. Dumont
    • 3
  1. 1.Center for Environmental Science, Horn Point Lab.University of MarylandCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Dauphin Island Sea Lab.Dauphin IslandUSA
  3. 3.Institute of Animal EcologyUniversity of GhentBelgium

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