Stinging reminder of overfishing, pollution, takes over beaches


Jellyfish unwelcome residents at beaches worldwide after severe overfishing removes their predators (tuna, sharks, swordfish) and food competitors, and pollution saps oxygen needed for other predators to thrive in coastal shallows. Their presence signals declining health of the world's oceans, scientists say. And: Jellyfish could take place of fish with chips (click 'See also').

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Tags: Australia, Black Sea, Britain, Catalan Water Agency, Department of Biological Sciences, Graeme Hays, Gulf of Mexico, Hawaii, Institute of Marine Sciences, Jennifer Purcell, Josep-MarĂ­a Gili, Mediterranean, Namibia, National Science Foundation, Pelagia noctiluca, Portuguese man-of-war, Sally Williams, Sea of Japan, Shannon Point Marine Center, Spanish National Research Council, Swansea University, Wales, Western Mail, Western Washington University, Xavier Duran, Yangtze estuary

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