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.
We are happy to share our recently published comprehensive review on the challenges for using nucleic acids (environmental DNA and RNA) within a marine environment, and the current methods for sample collection, post-sampling capture and concentration of eDNA/eRNA, preservation, and extraction through a biosecurity monitoring lens. In this paper we also present an outlook on how emerging methodologies can shape the future of invasive species detection. This contribution aims to facilitate dialogue and innovation within this sector, and also guide the direction of the further eDNA/eRNA method development and testing within the DETECT research work stream.