As part of the MBIE-funded ‘Transforming Coastal Monitoring’ research programme, the Detect team went on another mission of eDNA outreach to the Otawhiwhi Marae in Tauranga Moana to showcase some of the eDNA tools developed in the Biosecurity Toolbox programme.
The study outlines a case study from Northland in 2021 in collaboration with the Sea Education Association, Woods Hole, the Northland Regional Council and Patuharakeke Te Iwi Trust and has integrated Mātauranga Māori (Māori traditional knowledge) with Western science to enhance marine biosecurity in New Zealand.
The paper highlights the effectiveness of eDNA monitoring tools and techniques, providing valuable resources for researchers and technical experts. This collaborative effort not only advances scientific understanding but also recognizes the critical role of indigenous knowledge and values in preserving marine environments and cultural sites.
Figure 1: Marine non-indigenous species found in the Northland sampling sites using our eDNA pipeline and with the 2 different marker regions 18S rRNA and COI.