How can we best develop our marine economy, while protecting the taonga of our marine environment?
To help achieve this, our research focuses on:
All forms of knowledge are important. Our interdisciplinary research includes biophysical science, economics, mātauranga Māori, social science, and policy.
We are in the second half (Phase II) of our 10-year programme. Our Phase II (2019–2024) strategy and core research portfolio detail how research priorities were co-developed using a 'theory of change' towards long-term outcomes.
Our goal is ambitious – research in isolation is not enough. Engagement with, and participation from, all sectors of society is critical to success.
We have worked with stakeholders and Māori partners to identify what tools are needed for EBM, and which spiritual, cultural and social values matter to New Zealanders – and how they can be best considered.
All of our Phase II (2019–2024) research projects are being co-developed with stakeholders and Māori partners.
Our Marine Environment, a 2019 report by the Ministry for the Environment and StatsNZ, highlighted the impact of ecosystem decline on New Zealanders’ non-economic marine values.
Economic benefits such as employment opportunities are an important consideration in marine environmental planning, policy and decision-making, but are not the only ones that need to be incorporated. However, intangible values are often not properly considered, or even recognised, until they are already irreparably damaged or lost.
We need better ways to identify and consider the importance of ecological, social, cultural and spiritual values as part of New Zealand’s marine management.
Find out more about our research into marine values.
The Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge was established in 2014, with the objective of: enhancing utilisation of our marine resources within environmental and biological constraints.
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 the National Science Challenges was allocated for 10 years in two 5-year periods.