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

'Toolkit' for managing cumulative effects

The latest Resource Management Journal is a special issue about our collaborative research into how management of cumulative effects (CE) can be improved. It includes a suite of co-developed recommendations and guidance regarding how to progress work on CE management in Aotearoa.

Tracking the transport of ocean trash

A web-based interactive tool tracks how floating plastic waste moves around New Zealand's coastline. Initially designed as an educational tool for schools, the Ocean Plastic Simulator also has potential for environmental and biosecurity monitoring, and aquaculture.

Blue Economy theme: co-development and funding update

If you're interested in being involved in co-developing our core research projects and/or want notifications about our Innovation Fund then email sustainableseasNC@niwa.co.nz

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