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
  • Navigating the implementation impasse: enabling interagency collaboration on cumulative effects

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
  • 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

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
  • Estimating historic effects from sedimentation and fishing, Nelson Bays
  • Overnight tipping points from a cataclysmic event: impacts, recovery and constraints on rocky reef ecosystems

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

Smart aquaculture

A new aquaculture project from the Science for Technological Innovation (SfTI) National Science Challenge to develop technologies for sustainable, more productive, marine farming aligns well with our mission. It is led by Dr Chris Cornelisen, who also leads our Managed Seas research theme.

Art + Oceans 2018

We are co-funding the latest collaborative Art + Science project run by the Dunedin School of Art and University of Otago. 2018’s theme is Art + Oceans. Artists will work with scientists from the University of Otago to develop artworks relating to ocean science interpreted in a broad context.

New term, new NZ marine science resources

School pupils can now explore a real-world issue facing New Zealand – how to best manage our vast marine resources – thanks to a collaboration between the Sustainable Seas Challenge and Science Learning Hub.