News and updates about our research, outreach and engagement

What could EBM look like in Tasman and Golden Bays

Posted on 29 July 2019

Interview: Stew Robertson, Abel Tasman Ecotours/Tasman Bay Guardians

Stew Robertson has been a participant in research workshops for projects focused in Tasman-Golden Bay.

Quantifying marine biodiversity using environmental DNA

Posted on 28 March 2019

Webinar: Using environmental DNA to measure marine biodiversity

In this webinar Dr Michael Knapp (University of Otago) presented new research on environmental DNA metabarcoding surveys.

Participatory tools

Posted on 20 March 2019

Seaweek focus on tracking plastic pollution

During Seaweek, Cawthron Institute researcher Heni Unwin travelled the country to share her research with Dr Ross Vennell on tracking plastic pollution in our marine environment.

Ocean acidification mitigation strategies for the mussel industry credit Dave Allen NIWA
Credit: Dave Allen NIWA

Posted on 13 March 2019

3,000 school students discover marine science with LEARNZ

In early March, 7 Sustainable Seas Challenge researchers were involved in a 3-day LEARNZ virtual field trip to Nelson for school students.

Quantifying marine biodiversity using environmental DNA

Posted on 25 February 2019

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.

Tuhonohono  tikanga Maori me te Ture Pakeha ki Takutai Moana

Posted on 22 February 2019

Empowering Māori to improve ecosystem management in Aotearoa

Sustainable Seas researchers have outlined ways to enable and empower Māori to lead the sustainable management of resources in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Tipping points in ecosystem structure function and services

Posted on 22 February 2019

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…

Mussel beds at Tonga Island Alex Connolly

Posted on 12 December 2018

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.

Valuable Seas

Posted on 06 December 2018

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.

Participatory processes for marine ecosystem restoration low res

Posted on 29 October 2018

Success factors for marine conservation planning: a case study

A recently completed Sustainable Seas Challenge research project has examined the Kaituna River re-diversion as a case study for how best to involve and engage communities and Māori in marine resource management.…

Dusky dolphins South Island Coast Feb 2018 credit Lana Young

Posted on 24 October 2018

Marlborough students promoting marine protection

In mid-October, Challenge researchers met a pioneering group of students from Marlborough Girls’ College to celebrate their efforts in environmental sustainability and invite them to attend the upcoming Sustainable Seas Annual…

Dynamic Seas
Credit: Rob Suisted

Posted on 30 July 2018

Award recognises contribution to marine science

University of Waikato scientist Professor Conrad Pilditch is the 2018 winner of the New Zealand Marine Sciences Society Award.