Cross-programme projects

Tasman and Golden Bays are the case study are where we are trialling EBM

Investigating the potential of New Zealand marine legislation and decision-making to implement EBM; and trialling EBM in a case study

Programme leader: Janet Stephenson, University of Otago

To achieve the objective of enhancing use of our marine resources within environmental and biological constraints, it is critical that we:

  • Understand our existing legislative and decision making frameworks regarding New Zealand’s marine estate
  • Explore and learn from international examples and policy innovations that could be used for/inform EBM in New Zealand
  • Bring all the Sustainable Seas research together in case studies to trial EBM of marine resources in Tasman and Golden Bays

Recent decision-making for both regional and EEZ-scale consents has highlighted the breadth of legislation used to manage New Zealand’s marine resource sector. They have also highlighted the numerous institutions that interact at local, regional and national scales – and which have varying mandates.

For Sustainable Seas to succeed, it is critical that our research findings from all the programmes come together. Integrating our research activities is essential to develop EBM tools that combine participatory processes, incorporate Māori and stakeholder values, and include ecological information to improve decisionmaking. We will test and validate these tools in Tasman and Golden Bays to access if they are fit-for-purpose and identify any knowledge gaps.


EBM within NZ’s existing legislative framework 

How does EBM fit into New Zealand policy?

This project is investigating how EBM fits into New Zealand policy. It is putting together the many pieces of the complicated puzzle of New Zealand’s existing legislative and decision-making approaches.

EBM-enabling narratives for New Zealand 

Examining implementation of EBM in NZ, and how it can be supported

This project is developing NZ-specific narratives and scenarios about what the practice of EBM might look like in multiple contexts – now and in the future – and how its uptake can be supported. It is also exploring which governance arrangements could help implement EBM.

Trialling EBM

Bringing it all together in Tasman and Golden Bays

This research is investigating how to successfully put EBM into practice, using the Tasman and Golden Bays area as a case study. We are working with those who have marine management and/or governance responsibilities for the area to identify specific issues and co-design the project.

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