Innovative technologies for the early detection of harmful algal bloom (HAB) threats (innovation fund)

Algal bloom at Orewa. Photo: NIWA/Miriam Godfrey

HABs are natural phenomena that significantly effect many ecosystem services and values, such as shellfish and fin-fish aquaculture as well as recreational and customary kaimoana harvesting. This project will trial two new, complementary technologies for detecting and monitoring HABs.

Project leaders: Jonathan Banks, Cawthron Institute; Kirsty Smith, Cawthron Institute; Ben Knight, Cawthron Institute; Raphael Kudela, University of California, Santa Cruz

Better monitoring and prediction of algal blooms

This project will introduce to New Zealand and experimentally trial two complementary innovative technologies to detect and monitor harmful planktonic micro-algae.

This project is applied research aimed at improving the effectiveness, and lowering the cost, of current harmful algae monitoring methods by ensuring the community and aquaculture industry has access to the latest technical advances.

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