PacMAN?

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 Read more…

Final report of the PacMAN advisory board meeting available

On the 14th of September 2021, PacMAN held the full advisory board meeting. The full report is available here. This first session of the IODE steering group for PacMAN (i.e. PacMAN advisory board) brought together the PacMAN coordinating team with major local stakeholders, representatives of the donor (Flanders Government) and international scientific experts, to adopt the monitoring plan, and discuss the development of the project across the next two years. During the two hour online Read more…

PacMAN monitoring plan v. 1.0 now available online

The PacMAN coordination team is pleased to announce that the PacMAN marine invasive species monitoring plan was endorsed by the advisory board at the meeting on the 14.9.2021. The first version of the monitoring plan is now available online. The monitoring plan outlines the plans for the PacMAN team for the next two years. To ensure both a comprehensive base of information as well as the possibility for rapid detections, PacMAN will be using three Read more…

PacMAN advisory board meeting to be held in September 2021

The full PacMAN advisory board will come together on the 14.9.2021 to adopt the PacMAN monitoring plan for the next two years. This includes local stakeholders as well as international scientific experts and the Flanders UNESCO Science Trust Fund (FUST). This meeting will mark the start of the trial sampling phase and further development of the monitoring program. Details of the meeting program and participants can be found in OceanExpert.

Report of the scientific workshop now online

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 Read more…

First PacMAN scientific workshop [ONLINE]

After short delays this year, we are excited to get started with the scientific development of the PacMAN project. The external scientific committee will meet with the coordinating team to discuss the current best practices in invasive species monitoring. The issues around sampling, molecular work, data analysis and data management will all be discussed. This meeting will provide the baseline methods for developing the monitoring plan together with the main stakeholders in Fiji early next Read more…