An analysis of the project revealed that NatureMetrics’ eDNA solution detected three times as many marine vertebrate species along the Sussex coast compared to traditional baited remote underwater video surveys.
This groundbreaking finding underscores the unparalleled power of eDNA as a biomonitoring tool for accurately tracking biodiversity recovery, which is crucial for effective conservation efforts and justifying future conservation bylaws and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).
Furthermore, the analysis compared the effort required for both methods. Visual surveys, including fieldwork and data processing, demanded an extensive total effort of 7 hours per survey site, equivalent to a staggering 8 hours for each species detected. In striking contrast, utilizing NatureMetrics’ eDNA service significantly reduced the effort to a mere 25 minutes per survey site or a remarkable 1.25 minutes per species detected. These extraordinary time savings highlight the exceptional efficiency and cost-effectiveness offered by eDNA technology.