Malaysia hint: Brace for jellyfish attack in May

GEORGE TOWN – Malaysia is heading for a possibly serious jellyfish flourish next month because of the heat and humidness of this year’s inter-monsoon period.

Centre for Marine and Coastal Studies director Prof Datuk Dr Aileen Tan Shau Hwai states the flourish is predicted to occur in many areas of the Straits of Malacca , particularly near coastal urban centres like Penang.

Dr Tan said the congregation of thousands of jellyfish would kill fish stock penned in floating aquaculture cages, clog fishermen’s nets and sting them when they retrieve their nets, and block water intake pipes at coastal power plants.

“Jellyfish blooms are still not fully understood but we do know they may be triggered by warming sea temperatures,” she said.

Dr Tan said that last year, there was a spike in jellyfish population in March and it peaked in April and May, declining again in June.

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