SEA NETTLE POPULATION TARGETED BY STATE D.E.P.

An unforeseen by-product in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy is becoming a nuisance at the Jersey Shore. Sea nettles, a stinging kind of jellyfish, are becoming pests in some parts of the state according to a report by the Press of Atlantic City. The sea nettles grow from microscopic polyps that cling stubbornly to vinyl docks and bulkheads, that replaced the wooden creosote-treaded structures that were destroyed when Sandy struck in 2012. The state Department of Environmental Protection is looking to reduce the sea nettle population because it will have a negative effect on tourism at the shore. The sea nettles no only sting recreational water users, but they eat fish and crab eggs, preventing them from growing to maturity.

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