The scientific workshop of PacMAN was an online event, fostering discussions between 10 scientists who are experts in environmental DNA, marine biosecurity and data management, as well as the PacMAN project team. The online format allowed participation from several different continents, across multiple timezones.
Due to a lack of previous studies and incomplete reference databases in Fiji, the importance of baseline biodiversity surveys was highlighted. In addition, challenges in integrating genetic data to biosecurity management were identified, especially when it comes to providing a rapid responses and reliable species identification. These issues will be taken into account when further discussing the project objectives with the key stakeholders in spring 2021.
The full report of the scientific workshop is now available online.