The project will develop a national invasive species monitoring system as well as an early-warning decision-support tool for Pacific SIDS, offering a user-friendly dashboard indicating the potential presence of invasive species (including pathogens and pest species) or risk of invasions to support local management. The project will achieve this goal through a work plan that includes (i) needs assessment and review of current best practices in detecting invasive species; (ii) training of local scientists in field sampling, sample processing, DNA sequencing and data management; (iii) establishing and operating national invasive species monitoring plans; (iv) building a bioinformatics pipeline to improve the availability of metabarcoding data from biofouling communities and feed these into global data infrastructures and (v) develop the decision-support tool. Strong stakeholder engagement will ensure that the marine bioinvasions monitoring plan and the information and services of the decision-support tool contribute to and meet the requirements of local management (triggering rapid response).
Report available for the second PacMAN Scientific advisory board meeting
The second PacMAN scientific advisory board (SAB) meeting took place on the 20th of October 2022 as a virtual meeting. The report on what was discussed during the meeting is available here. Five scientific advisory Read more…