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Biosecurity Plankton Sampling

Conducting nationwide plankton surveys at 10 major ports as part of a national biosecurity monitoring program

  • $300K

    Project Value (AUD)

  • Several Locations, Australia

    Several Locations, Australia

Using the latest sampling techniques to help protect our oceans from marine pests

Protecting the ocean from invasive species is critical, especially in waters around Australia’s ports. Taking on the task of port monitoring, the client engaged us to carry out plankton surveys at major ports across Australia as part of a national biosecurity monitoring program.

Our team conducted sampling using standard operating procedures and analyzed findings for marine pests using molecular (DNA) identification techniques. Weather posed the greatest challenge since the work could only take place in good conditions. Other challenges included coordinating and mobilizing multiple teams, working around busy port schedules, and managing sample preservation and shipping from remote locations.

Having delivered similar inshore and offshore multidisciplinary sampling programs in many of these port areas before—including previous marine pest surveys—we could conduct these surveys successfully within a tight timeframe.

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Kate Reeds, Practice Lead – Marine and Aquatic Ecology

As ecology practitioners, it’s our job to drive change and create solutions that reduce impact on our rivers, estuaries, and oceans.
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Kate Reeds

Practice Lead – Marine and Aquatic Ecology

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