The MARIABOX Project (MARINE environmental in-situ Assessment and monitoring tool BOX) was coordinated by the Cyprus research and Innovation Center (CyRIC). The aim of the project was to develop a buoy-based platform which could monitor biological toxins (microcystin, saxitoxin, domoic acid and azaspiracid) and chemical pollutants (naphthalene, perfluorooctanoic acid, camphechlor and total
heavy metals) in marine water.
This platform was deployed at EU pilot locations (Ireland, Spain, Norway, and Cyprus) taking account of local environmental conditions (monitoring also temperature, pH, conductivity and dissolved oxygen). This unique sensor platform could then be used in providing a forecasting tool for the aquaculture industry across Europe.