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JellyRisk (2012; Italy, Spain, Malta, Tunisia; ~40 staff and associates

Funded by ENI CBCMED, a product of cross-border cooperation via the ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Program. They work with 31 associate partners. The Mediterranean coasts are facing increasing jellyfish outbreaks resulting from a wide variety of human activities including maritime transport, exploitation of living resources, and pollution discharges together with the impact of climate change. Jellyfish proliferation represents a growing threat for human and coastal activities (mainly leisure and aquaculture). Every summer, 2 million bathers are affected by jellyfish stings, meaning high cost of basic first aid treatments for the national health services. The situation has worsened in recent years due to the appearance of new dangerous varieties. Against the threat posed by jellyfish for tourism in the Mediterranean area, MED-JELLYRISK constitutes the first-ever international attempt to assess the socio-economic impacts of jellyfish blooms and implement mitigation countermeasures.  Supports the Go Jelly project to use jellyfish for food: “if you can’t beat ‘em, eat ‘em”.


Leadership: Stefano Piraino (Coordinator)

JellyRisk contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals

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