The Catalan coast, in the NW Mediterranean, covers over 500 km length. It is divided in approximately 300 beaches that belong to 69 municipalities. In the framework of the MED-Jellyrisk Project, a jellyfish observation network has been created along the whole Catalan coast, involving almost 90% of the municipalities and including more than 200 beaches.
The Jellyfish Observation Network of the Balearic Islands is located in Majorca, Minorca and Ibiza Islands. The coast of Majorca covers 623 kilometres of length, Minorca covers 299 km, while Ibiza covers 239 km. Majorca, the largest of the islands, is administratively divided into 24 coastal municipalities, of which 8 participate in the data collection within the framework of the Project, through their Rescue Services. On the other hand, Minorca, the eastern most islands of the Balearic Archipelago and of Spain, is divided in 8 municipalities in total and all of them are coastal. Of these, only 3 are part of the Jellyfish Observation network and participate actively in the data collection. Finally Ibiza, located in the western side of Majorca, only have 5 municipalities all of them coastal. In this case, only the municipality of Sant Josep de sa Talaia is involved in the data collection and jellyfish observations, apart form being the Spanish site where the anti-jellyfish nets were installed as a mitigation tool.
The network in both Autonomic Communities, has been created in collaboration with the municipalities and the Rescue Services (Red Cross, Pro-Activa, Rescatadores, Altesport 2000, GIEM, MARSAVE) in order to collect data about the presence and absence of jellyfish in the beach in a daily basis during the summer, specifically the bathing season. 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 updated identification and educational material about the most common jellyfish species in the Mediterranean Spanish 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 feed 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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