Workers transport laundry baskets full of jellyfish at a Zhapo, China fishery. They fish on cloudy days when they can see masses of jelly from their boats. A cultural difference; the Chinese like to eat jellyfish because of the texture.
Although low on the food chain, jellyfish thrive and are an important substitute food source as the other species decline.
Salted and dried jellyfish, however, have long been considered a delicacy by the Chinese. Fish ecologists say where stocks of large fish collapse, jellyfish proliferate, impeding recovery of stocks by feeding on larvae and eggs. They also compete for food such as zooplankton.
- RANDY OLSON
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- Global Fish Crisis: Still Waters_National Geographic magazine, 04/2007