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 (2019-2024). This builds on our research strategy for Phase II.

View our Phase II Research – timetable to find out more.  

Background

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 will complete on 30 June 2019. In 2018, after a mid-way review, it was confirmed that the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge will receive $39.8 million for the second five-year research phase from 1 July 2019.

Latest news and updates

Interview: Stew Robertson, Abel Tasman Ecotours/Tasman Bay Guardians

Stew Robertson has been a participant in research workshops for projects focused in Tasman-Golden Bay. He is involved with the Nelson Biodiversity Forum and founded the Tasman Bay Guardians in 2017.

Understanding food webs to help manage coastal resources

A study of coastal food webs has revealed how ecosystem-based approaches to marine management could improve management of fish stocks and biodiversity in our changing coastal ocean.

Sharing our latest sedimentation science

In a workshop hosted in Wellington in early May, NIWA and Victoria University of Wellington researchers shared their latest findings on the effects of sediment on both shallow water and deep-sea species with iwi and stakeholders.

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