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    'Tis the season to be Jelly!

    I'm on location in Cairns right now, where it's pouring rain. A nice (though, alas, temporary) reprieve from humidity and stingers. Just in the last ten days, there's been two more hospitalisations from Irukandji stings at beaches here and a half a dozen specimens captured, two more stings in the Whitsundays, two more stings just yesterday at Fraser Island, and Cairns region beaches were closed for a week.

    I have been shocked by the number of well-meaning people who still believe misinformation about unsafe first aid treatment, general biology and ecology, and climate change effects on Irukandji distribution. These misunderstandings contribute to confusion, which translates into mixed messsages for visitors. This appearance that "nobody knows what's going on" can be more toxic to tourism than the stings themselves. In the Marine Stinger Management course, we will unpack these issues and more, as part of giving tourism operators and their staff an accurate and balanced approach to managing jellyfish risks.

    When: 9 Jan, 9am to 430pm

    Where: Reef Teach, Cairns City

    Cost: $155 per person (quantity discounts available for multiple bookings by the same company)

    For more info, or to book into the course: ring me at 0408 0808 29

    Lisa

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