Marine Biodiversity Library & MPA eDNA monitoring

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Biodiversity monitoring is a core tenet of conservation management and Canada’s conservation commitments. Canada has established a series of guidelines for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) that emphasize the need for non-destructive, multi-species survey methods. Environmental (e)DNA metabarcoding is revolutionizing the field of biomonitoring. This project has initiated eDNA biomonitoring in MPAs and areas of interest in Canada’s Pacific and Atlantic regions to collect baseline data on species diversity and distributions. High quality and accessible reference DNA sequences are critical for the effectiveness of eDNA as a biomonitoring tool. This project is building a Canadian Marine Biodiversity Library of expertly curated and high quality DNA reference sequences to support the uptake of eDNA results for science-based advice. Pairing the reference library with MPA biomonitoring surveys accelerates eDNA operationalization and supports Canada as a global leader in ocean conservation.

Lead Institute
Key contacts

Kristen Westfall

Project period

1 April, 202231 March, 2026 

Joined OBON in April, 2024
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