The Catalan coast, in the NW Mediterranean, covers over 500 km length. It is divided in approximately 230 beaches that belong to 69 municipalities. In the framework of the MED-JELLYRISK Project, a jellyfish observation network has been created along the entire Catalan coast, involving almost 90% of the municipalities and including almost 200 beaches.
The network was created in collaboration with the municipalities and the Rescue Services (Red Cross, Pro-Activa, Rescatadores, SIRESA, Altesport 2000, GIEM) in order to collect data about the presence and absence of jellyfish at the beach daily during the summer, specifically the bathing season (May-October. For this purpose, people from the Rescue Services or special agents from the municipalities, are trained (http://jellyrisk.eu/en/project-results/training-courses/) and provided with enough identification and educational material about the most common jellyfish species in the Catalan coast (http://jellyrisk.eu/en/downloads/).
The objective of the Observation Network is to collect valid daily data about jellyfish presence and absence, which is used as an immediate mitigation tool (http://jellyrisk.eu/en/project-results/mitigation-tools/) and also contribute to a jellyfish database that will be used to create predictive models and risk maps (http://jellyrisk.eu/en/about-the-project/work-packages/).
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