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Posted on 22 April 2024

Aotearoa scientist and team recognised by international sustainability body for their work in preventing ecosystem collapse

There’s no better time than Earth Day (22 April) to celebrate a University of Auckland scientist and her team’s achievement as the National Champions of the Frontiers Planet Prize.

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Credit: Olga Katrychenko

Posted on 19 December 2023

How to make better decisions to improve the marine environment

New research from Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge has just been released that could help inform different ways of taking care of our oceans.

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Posted on 19 December 2023

New risk modelling can support Aotearoa’s pāua industry to adapt to climate change

The pāua industry is facing a range of challenges, as business and finance grapple with how to support the ecological role of this taonga species in our marine environment and…

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Posted on 31 August 2023

New ‘ecosystem footprint’ research to support the health of our coastal environments

Aotearoa's coastal marine ecosystems are struggling with the cumulative effects of multiple human activities and stressors that are leading to tipping points, ecological surprises, and irreversible ecosystem damage.

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Credit: Ellery Sterling Unsplash

Posted on 17 July 2023

Policy leadership needed for the future of Aotearoa’s marine environment

If Aotearoa’s marine laws are to effectively manage marine environments and resources, they must manage the ecosystem in a holistic and inclusive way that stops the degradation of our oceans…

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Posted on 15 May 2023

New research reveals a change in fisher behaviour around offshore marine protected areas

Globally, marine protected areas (MPAs) are used as a marine conservation tool, with many studies demonstrating that the fish biomass from within the MPA can “spillover” into the surrounding non-MPA…

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Credit: Ellery Sterling Unsplash

Posted on 14 October 2022

Media statement: Report reveals continuing pressure on our marine environment

The Our marine environment report 2022, released this week by the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ, says while there are efforts underway to protect and restore the marine…

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Credit: NIWA Leigh Tait

Posted on 07 October 2022

Aotearoa's seaweed sector is ready to boom

A roadmap, launched today, shows how Aotearoa New Zealand could grow its rimurimu/seaweed sector in a way for the country to gain economically, environmentally, socially and culturally.

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Posted on 09 March 2022

Patterns bring The Unseen to life

Gabby O’Connor’s bright idea bringing art and science together came to her when she was in Antarctica, watching measuring instruments being lowered into the icy ocean depths.

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Credit: Graham Prentice, mychillybin

Posted on 07 March 2022

Sustainable Seas in the UN's Decade of Ocean Science

Join us on 10 and 11 March to find out how we work with our communities and stakeholders and discover (some of!) what we’re doing to help create a healthier…

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Posted on 14 December 2021

Covid-19, integrity and ‘blue washing’ – marine ecotourism operators share their thoughts and concerns for the future

As the nation gears up to explore their own backyard this summer, the country’s tourism industry is firmly focused on developing more sustainable ways to host domestic and international visitors.

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Credit: Leigh Tait NIWA

Posted on 07 December 2021

Seaweed could be the answer for skin and environment safe suncare products

Kiwi scientists are investigating if Aotearoa New Zealand’s seaweed and algae can be used in sun care products that are healthy for our skin and the environment.