The use of the word ‘invasion’ may not go well with the Australian jellyfish’s mildly venomous characteristics, posing not much threat to humans – but, it is definitely so for the fishing industry!
It is for the first year, the jellyfish’s invasion in the north of Florida has been found.
The increasing number of the jellyfish is worrying both the commercial fishers and some shrimp trawlers in the Gulf, who are finding their nets disrupted with the ‘despicable’ gelatinous blobs – each weighing up to 25 pounds.
With the blobs interfering with fishing operations, the catch in the region is being considerably affected – with fishing concerns gaining importance.
It is not just the traders’ concern, but also the biologists and fisheries managers! That the invasive Australian jellyfish may harm native fish and other marine species, is also increasingly worrying conservationists as well – as the jellyfish love the taste of tiny fish larvae, which may eventually lead a food-crisis for adult fish.
Though many of the fishing industries, would conveniently like to blame it on the ‘changing sea temperatures’, a more likely dominating reason is perhaps, ‘ocean-life depletion’ by destructive fishing practices – as jellyfish tend to take advantage of resources made available with the decline of fish populations.