The PacMAN scientific training course “Marine Invasive Species Early Detection: Utilising Molecular Tools” materials are now available online on the OTGA platform. Anyone can sign up for the course and learn about marine invasive species management, as well as read through the protocols used in the PacMAN monitoring program.

The course has 6 different modules:

  1. Module 1: Marine Invasive Species
  2. Module 2: Monitoring plan & protocols, high risk species, eDNA and qPCR
  3. Module 3: Fiji as a Case Study
  4. Module 4: Protocols for field and laboratory sampling
  5. Module 5: Molecular Laboratory protocols
  6. Module 6: Data management

The course can be found on OTGA, and can be enrolled after registration on Oceanexpert (see intstructions below).

We are pleased to read that you are interested in the self – paced course: PacMAN_eDNA: Marine Invasive Species Early Detection: Utilising Molecular Tools_2023 (self-paced)

This training course will take place on IOC’s OceanTeacher e-Learning Platform (OTeLP), direct link, although some resources may point to external sources. 

Please register on the OceanExpert website ( ‘. In case you already have an OceanExpert account, ignore this request (please do not create duplicate profiles).

Once your OceanExpert account is approved, you can self-enroll in the course (,

using the enrollment key PacMAN#2023   

Self-enrollment will be possible until 1 December 2023. Course will close 15 December 2023.

Once you are enrolled in the course, please take some time to do the following: 

  • Get familiar with the use of the e-learning platform. 
  • Check the information about the course (Get Started), including the course agenda/timeline (including deadlines) and the FAQs
  • Introduce yourself on the dedicated forum

Afterwards you can easily start the course on your own time.

If you have any questions, please contact the OTGA Secretariat ( or the PacMAN secretariat ( always using the name of the course as email subject.

Thank you and we wish you a very successful course.

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