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Sustainable Seas


Sustainable Seas

On this field trip during Seaweek 2019, your students will tackle a major New Zealand problem: the conflict between the many uses of our marine environment.

We are an island nation with very close ties to the marine environment. Our marine estate (New Zealand's exclusive economic zone or EEZ) is 20 times larger than our land mass. 75% of us live within 10km of the sea. We value the sea for its resources such as fisheries, tourism, oil and gas and shipping. We also value the sea for food, recreation and spiritual well being. Māori have long standing ancestral and other connections with the sea.

There is a growing conflict between these many uses of our marine environment. How can we manage these many uses? How can we meet the needs of Māori, local communities and industry? How do we make sure that our seas are understood, cared for and used wisely now and in the future? How can we grow a successful and sustainable marine economy?

On this field trip you will travel to Tasman Bay at the top of the South Island. Here you will join researchers who are developing new tools and knowledge to help everyone manage the marine environment. You will learn about ecosystem based management.

This trip is supported by the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge (

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