Developing ways to incorporate economic, social, environmental, spiritual and cultural marine values in decision-making, and identifying innovative ways to add value to the marine economy
We are identifying frameworks and principles that recognise the multiple values people hold for the marine environment, so that different perspectives can be included in ecosystem-based management (EBM) approach that is central to Sustainable Seas.
We are exploring ways to assess the non-monetary values of coastal and marine ecosystem services, to develop more comprehensive and culturally-appropriate ecosystem accounting and EBM efforts in Aotearoa.
We are linking the social and cultural values that people associate with coastal and marine areas to specific ecosystem services (for example, removing pollutants) that underpin and support these values.
We are studying initiatives to create economic value from sustainable marine activities based on resilient ecosystems. We will use the findings to map and model a blue economy, and support policy, decision-making and investment that stimulates resourcefulness, strengthens regional economies, encourages EBM, and underpins sustainable use of our seas
With coastal waters becoming more acidic, this project is testing two techniques to alleviate local acidification around mussel farms. The results from these trials will then be used in hydrodynamic models to predict their effects on pH in the top of the South Island and the Firth of Thames.
We are investigating the environmental, social, and economic implications of decommissioning offshore structures (such as oil platforms). We will specifically look at the impact on Taranaki’s marine ecosystem if end-of-use structures either remain in place or are removed, and explore any associated economic opportunities for the local community
Tasman and Golden Bays are periodically closed to the public because of bacterial contamination from local river discharge. This project is creating the first near real-time forecasting tool for the region, which will improve the prediction of when aquaculture sites and beaches are safe to access.
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Director Julie Hall gave the plenary address on 4 July at the Australian Marine Sciences Association conference in Darwin.
Tasman Bay/Te Tai-o-Aorere and Golden Bay/Mohua are our ‘case study area’, where we are testing the tools and knowledge for ecosystem-based management (EBM) that we are generating.
This video explains what we're about; how we are working with Māori, government, industry, NGOs and communities; and what we mean by ecosystem-based management (EBM).