Effective biosecurity systems are essential to protect and add value to the world’s marine environments, and their associated commercial, cultural, and recreational values. The Marine Biosecurity Toolbox is a collaborative research programme whose mission is the development of science-based tools and technologies that empower governments, tangata whenua, industry and the public to effectively mitigate biosecurity risks. To realise this mission, the programme will develop a range of ‘tools’ that proactively prevent pest establishment, allow timely detection of incursions, and inform effective response strategies. Once implemented, these tools will enable a robust biosecurity system that adapts to future challenges and presents multiple barriers to the establishment and spread of marine non-indigenous species.
Learn about PhD project of Dayanitha Damodaran, investigating the habitat requirements of the endemic, green-lipped mussel. Her work will help in designing eco-engineered artificial structures that will encourage settlement of this culturally and economically valued species.
Our 12-14 day expedition will collect microplastics and biosecurity data in the Hauraki Gulf & Islands areas and Whangarei, whilst exploring the wider marine environment of coastal Greater Auckland and Northland. This interdisciplinary oceanic research expedition aims to inspire and engage the public and educate people about the importance of working collaboratively to preserve a healthy ocean.
Understanding the dynamics of NZ’s recreational vessel transport network: a case study around the iconic Great Barrier Island
In his honours project, Cal Faubel uses network and epidemiological modelling approaches to shed some light on these questions by characterizing New Zealand’s domestic marine transport network, beginning with a focus on recreational vessels.
Meet our new team member. In his project, Kyle will apply network modelling approach to understand the dynamics of the maritime transport system (with the focus on recreational vessel movements) for efficient and effective management of the biosecurity risks.
An open-access peer-reviewed publication aimed to facilitate dialogue and innovation within this sector by reviewing current approaches for sample collection, post-sampling capture and concentration of eDNA, preservation, and extraction, all through a biosecurity monitoring lens.
Follow-up updates on the development and testing of the point-of-need molecular assay for detecting the invasive Mediterranean fanworm from environmental samples.
Sampling optimization for molecular biosecurity surveillance – results from an expedition onboard the Robert C. Seamans (SEA, Woods Hole)
In February 2020, our postdoc Ulla von Ammon embarked the Robert C. Seamans sailing ship to collect samples for comparing different sampling approaches. The first results of this study were recently presented at the DNAQUA International Conference.
Teaming-up with the Five Million: Exploring motivation of Kiwis to participate in the detection of marine pests
To get a glimpse of citizens’ attitudes towards biosecurity in the marine environment and marine pest detection activities, the programme team run a focus group in collaboration with partner schools in Nelson.