MSU professors Dr. Jack Gaynor and Dr. Paul Bologna have been studying the sea nettle jellyfish infestation occurring this summer in New Jersey's Barnegat Bay. In collaboration with Ocean County's Mosquito Extermination Commission superintendent, Richard Candeletti, the scientists are seeking answers on what effects the jellyfish infestation may be having on the bay's ecosystem.
Dr. Bologna notes the numbers of jellyfish have been increasing every year and are chasing beachgoers out of the water. Barnegat Bay is the subject of concern in recent years as its ecosystem is suspected of being in a steadily deteriorating state. Mosquito and fly infestations, as well as algae washups are at least partially to blame.
Dr. Gaynor states the sea nettle jellyfish can produce up to 40,000 eggs per day, making them a first-class pest.
To read more on the jellyfish research taking place in the Barnegat Bay visit the links below.
Tens of Millions of Jellyfish Invade NJ's Barnegat Bay (courtesy NBC New York)
Pest report: Bugs down, jellyfish up (courtesy Asbury Park Press)