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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 35% 35% Identification Direct negative economic impact of the 2000 Gulf of Mexico several million dollars of fishery losses(net damages) Indo-Pacific Ocean Australia & Philippines Fish, crustaceans, and marine mammals Attributes to competition between the shrimp and jellyfish for food resources. Methods of Control First discovered 1981: California Then 1993: Gulf of Mexico The White-spotted Jellyfish is easily recognized by the large, semi-transparent,rounded bell covered in regularly spaced, white dots Phyllorhiza punctata White Spotted Jellyfish Cause a grave threat to the fragile balance of the marine ecosystem Consequences of Invasion The high amount of plankton consumed by these jellyfish consumption of plankton leaves little of no food for a number of species and face the threat of death due to non availability of food. The trailing tentacles also end in whitened spots. Coral, Sea Anemones and even Whales depend on this microscopic plankton for their food. If found in local waters, note the location and notify the TPWD. Greater than 25% reduction in the northern Gulf of Mexico white shrimp To prevent the jellyfish from coming in contact with people nets can be put up to block them out from coming closer to people. Regional/local monitoring or surveillance The white spotted jellyfish can be killed by sea turtles, other jellyfish, and washing on shore. Restoration of Fishing industies and profits begin to increase Plankton is able to replenish Marine food web is restored Boat repairs decline
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