Due to the recent exotic Caulerpa incursions along the coast of Northland, Northland Regional Council engaged scientists from the Marine Biosecurity Toolbox research programme to assist them with prioritizing locations for surveillance and readiness activities. The Manage&Respond team applied their prototype maritime pathway network model to predict critical risk locations.
An important opinion paper on “The risks of using molecular biodiversity data for incidental detection of species of concern”, published in Diversity and Distributions journal. It emphasizes the need of more stringent quality control standards for molecular biodiversity data to ensure that data are suitable for informing decision‐making and can withstand legal or political challenges. This is essential also for protecting data generators from uncritical and potentially ill‐advised application of their science in decision‐making.