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Marlborough Sounds regional study

In this collaboration, we are investigating how EBM can be used to manage shellfish populations in the Marlborough Sounds.

Project Leader Duration Budget
Vonda Cummings (NIWA) December 2020 – August 2023 $50,000 (Stage 1)


The Marlborough Sounds is a large, diverse, and ecologically valuable area. The idea of an ecosystem-based management (EBM) case study with a shellfish focus was co-developed at workshops attended by representatives of iwi and stakeholders from the Marlborough community, central, regional, and local government, as well as researchers.

Stage 1: Defining what we want to do and who will be involved

Together with our co-developers, we are now identifying the specific focus and the pathway for trialling EBM of shellfish within the Marlborough Sounds area. Our findings will be discussed and agreed at an end-of-stage in-person workshop, after which the co-development partners will develop a Stage 2 proposal (including work programme).

Stage 2: The case study commences

This page will be updated when the Stage 2 proposal is ready.


Marlborough District Council
Department of Conservation
Ministry for Primary Industries
Ngāti Tama Ki Te Waipounamu Trust
Ngāti Toa Rangatira ki Wairau Trust
Te Ātiawa o Te Waka-a-Māui
Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Kuia Trust
Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Rārua
Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu
NIWA, and other interested community members/groups.

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  • December 2020 – June 2021
    Engagement with co-development partners to identify research concepts and develop Stage 2 proposal
  • July 2021
    Submit Stage 2 proposal
  • August 2021 – August 2023
    Stage 2: case study