Resources and information
Ecosystem-based management (EBM) - working definition
EBM means different things to people so we have identified some working principles for EBM in New Zealand – these are a start point for discussion, to be adapted as we co-develop EBM with Māori and stakeholders.
With around 150 researchers from 26 organisations, working on 30 projects, we have a lot going on. Our Research Book gives a plain English summary of each project.
Hui-te-ana-nui - Understanding kaitiakitanga in our marine environment
Tiakiwai S-J, Kilgour JT, Whetu A, 2017. Indigenous perspectives of ecosystem-based management and co-governance in the Pacific Northwest: lessons for Aotearoa. AlterNative 13(2): 69–79
Baines J, Edwards P, 2018. The role of relationships in achieving and maintaining a social licence in the New Zealand aquaculture sector. Aquaculture 485:140–146 *Free online access until 17 Jan 2018*
Presentations from the inaugural 2-day conference are available to download.
Key performance indicators (2014-2019)
There are 7 performance areas, with a number of indicators and measures for each.
Research and business plan
This plan provides a comprehensive description of the development, delivery and science and society aims of the Challenge.
Research proposals submitted to the Challenge for any type of funding or grant go through a rigorous review process.
Innovation Fund projects
The aim of this fund is to introduce innovative products, approaches, capability, research and researchers to the Sustainable Seas Challenge. These proposals were funded in the first call in 2016, with each fitting within one of our six research themes. To read the detailed project proposals, follow the links below.
- Participatory processes for marine ecosystem restoration
- Navigating the implementation impasse: enabling interagency collaboration on cumulative effects
- A feasibility study of coastal acidification mitigation strategies for the mussel industry
- The re-use of offshore infrastructure and platforms: assessing the value to communities, industry and the environment
- Near real-time forecasting using operational oceanographic forecasting of contamination risk to reduce commercial shellfish harvest and beach closures
- Huataukīna Tō Iwi E: Developing marine bioactives economic opportunities from Tairāwhiti kīna to combat diabetes, heart disease and inflammation
- Innovative technologies for the early detection of harmful algal bloom (HAB) threats
- Energy from tidal currents - kick-starting a new marine industry with huge potential
- Submarine canyons: how important are they for connecting coastal and deep-sea ecosystems?
- Sediment tolerance and mortality thresholds of offshore benthos
- Quantifying marine biodiversity using environmental DNA
- Estimating historic effects from sedimentation and fishing, Nelson Bays
- Overnight tipping points from a cataclysmic event: impacts, recovery and constraints on rocky reef ecosystems
- Can we define marine habitat use by seabirds without costly at-sea observational data?
Research papers and documents that support ecosystem-based management.
Latest news and updates
Our research has found that personal relationships go a long way towards aquaculture companies gaining/maintaining community acceptance and social licence to operate.
This publicly-available report examines mātauranga associated with the marine environment, and explores themes and why they are important to consider in decision-making. It also indexes the reference sources of this varied mātauranga, and signposts where to go for further detail.
The story so far: 14 workshops, 1,300 school children and 15km of rope!
This arts-science-education project is working with communities and school children to explore the risks associated with environmental and climate change, and how this might affect the way we manage New Zealand’s marine ecosystems.