The International Ocean Institute-Malta Operational Centre (IOI-MOC) at the University of Malta, through marine biologist Dr. Alan Deidun, is coordinating the organisation of a MED-JELLYRISK conference and training seminar, in commemoration of the European Maritime Day, which will be held on the 20th of May at the Corinthia St. George’s Hotel in St. Julian’s, to be opened by MTA Chairman Dr. Gavin Gulia, with the participation of former ex-Head of the EU Commission representation in Malta Martin Bugelli.
The scope of the conference is to showcase the diverse array of tools which have been developed within the project to address the jellyfish bloom phenomenon. These tools include a smart phone application, which has just been launched by the IOI-MOC for both iOS (iPhone) and Android platforms and which gives the user information about different jellyfish species and about local beaches, a water-proof factsheet which answers the most common questions about jellyfish blooms, mathematical models to predict the dispersion of jellyfish blooms once these are sighted in open waters and a waterproof booklet with scientific advice as how to treat the stings of different jellyfish species.
The smart phone application can be downloaded for Android phones from the following link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jelly.med.mobileapp and for iPhone from the following link: https://itunes.apple.com/LY/app/id868757617?mt=8
The second day (21st May) will feature a training seminar on the beach at St. George’s Bay, including a demonstration of how the MED-JELLYRISK anti-jellyfish nets are deployed and training for local lifeguard groups by pharmacists specialised in the treatment of stings and injuries from venomous animals. The conference and training seminar is being attended by world-renowned experts in the field of jellyfish blooms, by the local tourism industry, by SCUBA diving clubs and even by local councils and environmental NGO’s. Those present will also be presented with packs of jellyfish-themed postcards. More information about the MED-JELLYRISK conference and training seminar can be obtained directly from the email listed below.
The University of Malta participates in this project through the IOI-MOC and the Department of Biology. The MED-JELLYRISK Project is funded under the ENPI-CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme 2007-2013, co-financed by the European Union. The multilateral cross-border cooperation "Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme" is part of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) and of its financing instrument (European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument - ENPI). The programme is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (90% EU funds; 10% MT funds).
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