MIL-OSI Translation: Government of Canada research facility accredited to international standards for eDNA work aimed at early detection of aquatic invasive species

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MIL OSI Translation. Canadian French to English –

Source: Government of Canada – in French 1

February 29, 2024

Ottawa, Ontario – Aquatic invasive species are harmful to Canada’s plants, animals and aquatic habitats. They can lead to significant economic pressures and cause permanent damage to ecosystems and aquatic species on which Canadians depend for food, jobs and culture. The Government of Canada is committed to taking a science-based approach to preventing the introduction, establishment and spread of aquatic invasive species.

Today, as part of Invasive Species Awareness Week, the Honorable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced that the Gulf Fisheries Center of Fisheries and Oceans Canada ( DFO) in New Brunswick was now accredited to the highest standards for its environmental DNA (eDNA) testing and analysis. On February 15, 2024, the Moncton laboratory became DFO’s first eDNA testing laboratory, accredited to International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 17025 for aquatic invasive species. Accreditation certifies that results produced in the laboratory meet international standards for accuracy and reliability. It demonstrates DFO’s contribution to the protection of Canada’s aquatic ecosystems through the early detection of aquatic invasive species using innovative tools.

Harnessing eDNA – the genetic material released by organisms into their environment – is a transformative approach to detecting aquatic invasive species. This approach allows researchers to detect organisms, including invasive organisms, in water samples collected from aquatic ecosystems. It allows us to take preventative measures earlier, by enabling the detection of aquatic invasive species before they can be seen, e.g. ex. in the early stages of their life (like larvae) when they are difficult to recognize visually and are still in low abundance. Combined with other methods, eDNA is an efficient and cost-effective tool to support effective management measures such as targeted monitoring of aquatic invasive species.

The Gulf Fisheries Centre, which will become the Atlantic Enterprise Science Center in the coming years, already houses an ISO 17025 accredited National Aquatic Animal Health Program diagnostic laboratory, supporting management of aquatic animal health by DFO. This expanded scope of accreditation, which now includes eDNA, once again demonstrates DFO’s cutting-edge diagnostic testing skills and the robustness of its analyses.

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