Co-Convenors: Hideki Akiyama (Japan), Richard D. Brodeur (U.S.A.) and Young-Shil Kang (Korea)
Some jellyfish make massive blooms
in the North Pacific coastal and oceanic waters, damaging
fisheries and causing large social and economic problems.
To date, there have been discussions about bloom mechanisms,
distribution, and biological and ecological characteristics
of the jellyfish species. However, there are limitations
in understanding the dynamics of these massive blooms
and providing scientific information to management. One
major limitation is standards for sampling and a lack
of monitoring. The goals of this workshop are:
1) to understand the problems and develop techniques for estimating concentrations of jellyfishes; 2) to evaluate the status of national/regional monitoring systems for jellyfishes; 3) to emphasize why standard methods and international monitoring are needed; and 4) to develop an implementation plan and schedule for improving abundance and distribution information on jellyfish blooms.