State of the Salish Sea, Salish Sea, zooplankton, jellyfish, Puget Sound, climate change, ecosystem, estuary, food web
The Salish Sea is home to a diverse community of gelatinous zooplankton (or "jellies"). In their adult forms, jellies comprise a relatively large proportion of biomass in the Salish Sea. Questions regarding jellyfish abundance and climate variation in the Salish Sea have been difficult to address, in part because of a lack of consistent monitoring. Research presented in this vignette suggests that jellyfish are sensitive to climate signals like marine water temperatures, but do not appear to be systematically increasing in abundance over time. Due to advances in modeling, we may gain a better perspective on the roles jellies play in the pelagic ecosystem of the Salish Sea in the years ahead.
State of the Salish Sea
Salish Sea Institute
Greene, C. (2021). Salish Sea Jellyfish. In K.L. Sobocinski, State of the Salish Sea. Salish Sea Institute, Western Washington University. http://doi.org/10.25710/vfhb-3a69
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