LIFE CUBOMED is an environmental and nature conservation project, belonging to the EU LIFE+ program, which addresses the problems caused by the massive proliferation of the box jellyfish Carybdea marsupialis in some areas at the Spanish Mediterranean coast.
The actions that are developed in this project pretend to study and increase our knowledge about the biology and ecology of this species of box jellyfish Carybdea marsupialis, in order to understand the factors that enhance that species to produce blooms. The main objective is to minimize environmental problems that this animals could produce in the marine environment and also the interactions with people in the beaches, since this cubozoan is an stinging species.

Scientific research relating nutrient loads and box jellyfish proliferations in the coast

The research conducted by LIFE CUBOMED project highligts that phosphate and nitrate released by urban sewage may have been promoting the growth and reproduction of Carybdea marsupialis box jellyfish in the Mediterranean coasts.

Scientific station in the "El Montgó" Natural Park

Some of the LIFE CUBOMED project actions are performed in the facilities in Denia (Alicante) divested by National Parks to ICM-CSIC. Its location within the Natural Park of "El Montgó" and near the Marine Reserve of "Cabo de San Antonio", make this location an ideal place to carry out sampling of the sea.

 

LIFE Infoday - Networking event

On 14th July 2016, LIFE CUBOMED project participated in a meeting on LIFE 2016 program. This event was organized by Cámara Valencia, Red de Institutos Tecnológicos, SEIMED and Generalitat Valenciana, and was celebrated in Paterna. Some of the assistants were representants of the LIFE programme in Spain (Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente), as well as the responsables of European founding in the Generalitat Valenciana. After an introduction about the new regulatory frame in LIFE 2016 programme, the results of more than 20 projects already developing in the Valencian Community were exposed, including LIFE CUBOMED project.

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