Karachi: The number of jellyfish found in Pakistani seas is increasing rapidly which needs time to be researched
World Jellyfish Day is being celebrated all over the world including Pakistan today. Aquatic creatures found in the sea can be deadly and deadly to humans, in the creek areas of the Indus River, while in the coastal areas of Balochistan, Jivani, Gwadar and Kalmat Khor, more than 15 to 20 species of jellyfish have been reported. Weighing more than, this aquatic creature has stopped the fishing wheel many times.
According to experts, jellyfish are a part of the natural environment. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. Thus a large part of the sea is filled with them.
According to Muhammad Moazzam Khan, Technical Advisor, WWF (Pakistan), there are 15 to 20 species of jellyfish in Pakistan. There are some jellyfish that die from the friction of their thorns, while some suffer only temporary pain, which later heals on its own.
He says the large number of jellyfish found is an indication that this extraordinary increase is due to climate change. Never before have so many appeared at sea. Jellyfish blooms or abnormal growth have been reported about 16 times in a very short period of time in Pakistan.
According to Moazzam Khan, the number of jellyfish had increased so much between 2003 and 2004 that fishing was completely stopped for a year and for the second time in 2018, due to its increasing number, fishing was affected for six months.
This number was so high that besides Pakistan, this jellyfish had spread to Iran, India, Oman and even Yemen.
Apart from the disadvantages of jellyfish, it also benefits the fishermen of the coastal areas of Balochistan. They are treated with salt and alum and exported to China.
The purpose of celebrating World Jellyfish Day is that educational and other research organizations need to work on it to find out the reasons for the rise of this aquatic creature, which appears to be a scourge on the world, because it is so large. It also causes damage, not only stops the fishing wheel but also shuts down the power plants.
Another benefit of this research in Pakistan is that it can show that if the demand for jellyfish in the world increases in the Indian Oceans, then a management plan can be made for its export.
According to Moazzam Khan, jellyfish are the last part of the sea food chain, which is not usually eaten by aquatic creatures, although some species of turtles eat jellyfish, a situation that reflects the fact that When fish are hunted, only jellyfish are left, which is destructive to fishing. There are about 400 to 500 species of jellyfish around the world, ranging from a pinhole to a human. Can be up to 100 times larger.
There is also an impression that the world’s largest aquatic creature is the jellyfish. The jellyfish found in Pakistan weighs up to one and a half pounds, it is one of the two types that are exported abroad.