|Title||On the conditions of the 2012 cannonball jellyfish (Stomolophus meleagris) bloom in Golfo de Santa Clara: a fishery opportunity?|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2015|
|Authors||Giron-Nava A., López-Sagástegui C., Aburto-Oropeza O|
|Journal||Fisheries Management and Ecology|
In 2012, a massive bloom of the cannonball jellyfish Stomolophus meleagris (Agassiz) occurred in El Golfo de Santa Clara (GSC), Sonora, Mexico, allowing the local artisanal fleet to land approximately 20 000 t, which generated almost 3.5 million US$ in revenue (Agencias 2013). Moreover, the bloom generated such enthusiasm that locals invested millions of dollars in infrastructure and equipment hoping that 2013 would bring another successful jellyfish fishing season. The jellyfish never arrived in 2013 and those investments became losses (Organización Editorial Mexicana 2013). This situation prompts the question whether it is possible and responsible to promote fisheries that are based on resources that become available as a result of bloom events. An analysis of environmental conditions that allowed such a massive bloom to occur was undertaken and a brief commentary on the long-term viability of such bloom-related fisheries is presented.