Resources and information

Research book

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.


Conference 2017

Presentations from the inaugural 2-day conference are available to download.


Research and business plan

This plan provides a comprehensive description of the development, delivery and science and society aims of the Challenge. 


Review process

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.

Our Seas

  • Participatory processes for marine ecosystem restoration

Valuable Seas

  • 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

Dynamic Seas

  • 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

Managed Seas

  • Can we define marine habitat use by seabirds without costly at-sea observational data?


Key papers

Research papers and documents that support ecosystem-based management.

Latest news and updates

Eureka! Is ocean farming the future?

Jonathan Chan, from Auckland Grammar School, has won the Eureka Award Gold Scholarship sponsored by NIWA for the most innovative and creative science, technology and/or engineering solution that addresses issues at the core of the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge.

Coastal tipping points talk at EDS conference

Prof Simon Thrush gave an invited presentation about our national estuaries experiment, and opportunities for management and governance agencies to address sudden unexpected changes in marine ecosystems.