|RFx ID :||19777398|
|Tender Name :||Vessel Biofouling and Aquatic Pathogens|
|Reference # :||O - 405365|
|Open Date :||Thursday, 31 May 2018 10:00 AM (Pacific/Auckland UTC+12:00)|
|Close Date :||Monday, 23 July 2018 2:00 PM (Pacific/Auckland UTC+12:00)|
|Tender Type :||Request for Proposals (RFP)|
|Tender Coverage :||Sole Agency [?]|
|Required Pre-qualifications :||None|
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New Zealand’s unique marine environment, with its high marine diversity and endemism, is at risk from non-indigenous marine species and their associated pathogens. Biofouling of vessels and aquaculture infrastructure represents a potential pathway for the introduction and spread of these pathogens. This may result in environmental, economic, human health and socio-cultural impacts. The ability of biofouling assemblages to transport and spread molluscan pathogens is a key knowledge gap.
This proof of concept study would investigate the ability to detect and identify a selected molluscan pathogen from typical biofouling taxa (e.g., ascidians, barnacles, bivalves, hydroids) using molecular-based techniques (e.g., qPCR). These biofouling taxa would ideally be sampled from aquaculture establishments or growing areas with a history of impacts by a known disease.
The outcomes of this research will determine the feasibility of conducting a broader research programme to more thoroughly examine the link between the introduction and spread of pathogens and biofouling.
MPI is looking for credible providers who have the capability, experience and infrastructure to deliver to our requirements. Providers need to have appropriate accreditations and have a good track record of managing and implementing related programmes, and developing effective networks and strong relationships with third parties.