The main research goal of AQUAINVAD-ED is to exploit novel molecular advances combined with the power of crowd data sourcing (citizen science) to develop innovative methods of early detection, control and management of AIS.

Sabine (ESR6) started her placement at AZTI in Sukarrietta, Basque Country in May. She has been taking samples of the macrofauna attached to floating plastics in the Bay of Bizcay from a fishing boat, which during summer is used to remove floating plastic garbage from the sea surface off the French Basque coast.


Many fouled plastic items and fragments were found, carrying a variety of attached animals, from hydrozoan stocks and millimeter-sized sea snails to crabs with a size of several centimeters in diameter. After visual inspection and characterization of the attached fauna, ESR 6 is now conducting genetic barcoding with universal primers, to identify and/or confirm the species found and to ascertain if there were any invasive species present. The attached pictures give an impression of the work conducted on the boat, as well as of the plastic items and animals found.


ESR 6 would like to thank the boat´s captain Arnaud Clavier and the crew for their help and the very friendly reception.


August 22nd, 2017

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