14 Jul, 2021 @ 14:00
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JELLYFISH PATROL: Fishermen in Spain’s Gandia launch yearly summer campaign to clear unwanted pests from the sea

Photo by Cordon Press

TEAMS of fishermen are working to clear jellyfish from the sea off the beaches of Gandia (La Safor, Valencia Province).

The yearly contract has once again been signed between the council and the local fishermen’s guild to patrol the coast of the district capital from this week and until September 12 to ‘fish out’ the creatures before they reach the shore and pose a threat to bathers.

In addition to providing a service for beachgoers, the campaign also provides extra work and income for 16 fleets that are struggling to recover from the coronavirus crisis.

Jellyfish are a yearly headache for residents, visitors and authorities alike, with increasingly warmer sea temperatures prompting greater numbers of all different species to arrive to the Valencian coast.

Earlier this year, in April, the alarm was raised when thousands of creatures that closely resembled the dreaded – and sometimes fatal –  Portuguese man o’ war were washed up onto the sand of Valencia Province.

Jellyfish Gandia
Photo by Cordon Press

However, upon closer inspection, they turned out to be Velella or sea raft jellyfish – totally harmless to humans and which frequently visit our coasts in the spring.

However, these are just one of many different types that are frequently found in the area and which make La Safor district one of the most ‘popular’ spots for these creatures.

The most common symptoms of a jellyfish sting include the obvious skin irritation and a red, lumpy mark where the tentacles came into contact with the bather, which usually disappear after a few days with an antihistamine treatment or even with salt water washes.

However, depending on the species and the victim’s reaction to the sting, more serious complications could develop and swimmers are strongly advised to seek immediate assistance and information from the coastguard upon being stung.


Glenn Wickman

Glenn is a trained and experienced journalist, having obtained a BA Hons degree in Journalism and Communication Studies with Spanish from Middlesex University (London) in 2001.
Since then he has worked on several English-language newspapers in Alicante Province, including 11 years at the Costa Blanca News.
He is trilingual in English, Spanish and Catalán/Valenciano, a qualified ELT teacher and translator with a passion for the written word.
After several years in Barcelona, Glenn has now returned to the Costa Blanca (Alicante), from where he will cover local stories as well as Valencia and Castellón/Costa Azahar.
Please drop him a line if you have any news that you think should be covered in either of these areas, he will gladly get in touch!

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