Towards a stronger Kaikōura: a community event

Kaikōura community members gathered on 10 April to hear from National Science Challenge researchers who have been working in the area since the 2016 quake.

Kāhui Māori welcomes new members

We are pleased to welcome Joe Harawira and Ian Ruru to the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge Kāhui Māori.

Developing novel tools for monitoring estuary health

Monitoring organisms in estuaries can give a picture of the ecosystem’s health and its response to human impacts and disturbance. Marine ecologist Dana Clark (Cawthron Insitute/University of Waikato) is investigating whether molecular tools can be used for coastal monitoring and management. 

Monitoring for tipping points in the marine environment

Councils are welcoming new research from Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge that recommends monitoring regimes for detecting tipping points in Aotearoa New Zealand’s marine environment.

Sustainability Award highlights importance of Māori-led research

Sustainable Seas researchers Kelly Ratana (NIWA) and Caine Taiapa (Manaaki Te Awanui) were awarded the New Zealand Coastal Society’s Sustainability Award in November 2018.

Fellowship supports international study on coastal biodiversity and ecosystem resilience

Sustainable Seas researcher Dr Rebecca Gladstone-Gallagher (University of Auckland) has been awarded a Rutherford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship to investigate the role of biodiversity in maintaining coastal ecosystem health and resilience to change.

Webinar: Using environmental DNA to measure marine biodiversity

In this webinar Dr Michael Knapp (University of Otago) will present new research on environmental DNA metabarcoding surveys. The webinar is open to everyone but will be of particular interest to science, policy and operational staff working in the fields of marine biodiversity, invasive marine species monitoring or marine conservation

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Assessing marine ecosystems to improve management

Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge researchers are hoping that marine health data gathered on a recent field trip to Queen Charlotte Sounds will support more integrated management of the ecosystem.

Developing ecosystem-based management principles for NZ

The Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge leadership team have proposed seven major principles for ecosystem-based management (EBM) in Aotearoa New Zealand.