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dc.contributor.authorValsecchi, Elena
dc.contributor.authorArcangeli, Antonella
dc.contributor.authorLombardi, Roberto
dc.contributor.authorBoyse, Elizabeth
dc.contributor.authorCarr, Ian M.
dc.contributor.authorGalli, Paolo
dc.contributor.authorGoodman, Simon J.
dc.identifier.citationValsecchi, E., Arcangeli, A., Lombardi, R., Boyse, E., Carr, I.M., Galli, P. and Goodman, S.J. (2021) Ferries and Environmental DNA: Underway Sampling From Commercial Vessels Provides New Opportunities for Systematic Genetic Surveys of Marine Biodiversity. Frontiers in Marine Science,. 8:704786, 17pp. DOI:10.3389/fmars.2021.704786en_US
dc.description.abstractMarine environmental DNA (eDNA) is an important tool for biodiversity research and monitoring but challenges remain in scaling surveys over large spatial areas, and increasing the frequency of sampling in remote locations at reasonable cost. Here we demonstrate the feasibility of sampling from commercial vessels (Mediterranean ferries) while underway, as a strategy to facilitate replicable, systematic marine eDNA surveys in locations that would normally be challenging and expensive for researchers to access. Sixteen eDNA samples were collected from four fixed sampling stations, and in response to four cetacean sightings, across three cruises undertaken along the 300 km ferry route between Livorno (Tuscany) and Golfo Aranci (Sardinia) in the Ligurian/Tyrrhenian Seas, June-July 2018. Using 12SrDNA and 16SrDNA metabarcoding markers, we recovered diverse marine vertebrate Molecular Operational Taxonomic Units (MOTUs) from teleost fish, elasmobranchs, and cetaceans. We detected sample heterogeneity consistent with previously known variation in species occurrences, including putative species spawning peaks associated with specific sea surface temperature ranges, and increased night time abundance of bathypelagic species known to undertake diel migrations through the water column. We suggest commercial vessel based marine eDNA sampling using the global shipping network has potential to facilitate broad-scale biodiversity monitoring in the world’s oceans.en_US
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dc.subject.otherMarine mammalsen_US
dc.subject.otherCitizen scienceen_US
dc.subject.otherSpatial planningen_US
dc.subject.otherSampling strategyen_US
dc.subject.otherMarine conservationen_US
dc.subject.other12S and 16S ribosomal RNA genesen_US
dc.subject.otherShips of Opportunityen_US
dc.subject.otherVoluntary shipsen_US
dc.titleFerries and Environmental DNA: Underway Sampling From Commercial Vessels Provides New Opportunities for Systematic Genetic Surveys of Marine Biodiversity.en_US
dc.typeJournal Contributionen_US
dc.subject.parameterDisciplineOther biological measurementsen_US
dc.bibliographicCitation.titleFrontiers in Marine Scienceen_US
dc.bibliographicCitation.issueArticle 704786en_US
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