THIRUVANANTHAPURAM - The proliferation of 'Jellyfish', a marine creature which causes itching and other skin problems if touched, is posing threat to local residents living on the shores of Vembanad Lake, the largest backwater in Kerala. Known as 'kadalchori' and 'kayipoth' in local parlance, the creature has become a major menace for fishermen community in the area.
Fisherfolk in the area complain that it has been damaging their nets. If cluster of jelly fish gets clogged in the nets it is difficult to extricate them without cutting the net, they said. Many of them did not even go for fishing in the lake for days fearing the presence of the creature, they said. The increasing presence of the creature not only poses health risks to people and hampers fishing operations, it also disturbs the stability of marine food chain, experts said. Global warming, over fishing and pollution are some of the major reasons contribute to the proliferation of jellyfish, they added. (PTI)