The Challenge

Sustainable Seas

Our objective is to enhance utilisation of our marine resources within environmental and biological constraints. 

Our mission is

“To transform Aotearoa New Zealand’s ability to enhance our marine economy, and to improve decision-making and the health of our seas through ecosystem-based management.”

Our strategy 2019-2024

In June 2019 we released the Challenge’s core research project portfolio for Phase II (20192024). This built on our research strategy for Phase II.

All Phase II projects are being co-developed with Maori and stakeholders; find out more about the process and timeline.

Innovation Fund - call for EoIs is open

We invite applicants to submit Expressions of Interest for research projects that will contribute directly to building a ‘blue economy’ in Aotearoa New Zealand. The closing date for the submissions is 12 noon, Monday 18 May 2020Find out more

Background to Sustainable Seas Challenge

The Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge was established in 2014.  It is one of 11 Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment-funded Challenges aimed at taking a more strategic approach to science investment. Funding for National Science Challenges was allocated for ten years in two five-year periods.

Phase 1 completed on 30 June 2019. In 2018, after a mid-way review, it was confirmed that the Sustainable Seas Challenge would receive $39.8 million for the second five-year research phase from 1 July 2019 until 30 June 2024.

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Innovation Fund is open for blue economy initiatives

We invite NZ-based researchers, industry, stakeholders and Māori to submit expressions of Interest (EoIs) for research projects that will contribute directly to building a ‘blue economy’ in Aotearoa.

1,800+ schoolchildren (virtually) explored marine science for Seaweek

Last week (3–5 March), schoolchildren from across New Zealand travelled with LEARNZ and the Sustainable Seas Challenge to discover what's threatening mussels/kuku or kūtai, a taonga species, in Ōhiwa Harbour, and how science and mātauranga Māori are being combined by local kaitiaki to understand – and address – the problem.

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