Marine-based industries such as aquaculture and offshore oil and gas operations are legally required to carry out regular monitoring to assess the effect their operations are having on marine organisms living in the seabed.
Currently, environmental monitoring worldwide relies on either chemical analysis or identification of organisms using a microscope.
Cawthron scientists are developing ground-breaking molecular-based tools that will eventually enable industry to undertake environmental monitoring in near-real time.
Receiving results in near real-time will enable industries to know instantly if anything is changing in the marine ecosystems around their operations, and if necessary, allow them to respond and adapt their practices immediately.
Find out more about this research:
Read the news story DNA technology a ‘game changer’ for monitoring environmental impacts.
Go to Molecular tools in the Coastal and Freshwater services section.