Sustainable Seas – Essential for New Zealand's Health and Wealth

Projects and programmes New Zealand (nationwide)

Posted: 21 December 2018
Notice reference #: 1H9q3U

LEARNZ and Sustainable Seas ran a successful field trip in Seaweek 2018 in Tasman Bay. We are revisiting this field trip for Seaweek 2019. It will follow the same format, investigating the conflict between the many uses of our marine environment but will include new experiments and research from the Sustainable Seas research programme. Enrol now.

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.

To prepare for this field trip, LEARNZ content will support inquiry into:

  • our marine environment ecosystems
  • different types of marine ecosystems
  • what marine ecosystems do for humans and the environment (ecosystem services)
  • cultural, spiritual, economic and environmental values
  • our marine environment under stress
  • ecosystem-based management (EBM)
  • our commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge

During this field trip you will:

  • follow tweets from Shelley the LEARNZ field trip teacher
  • travel to Tasman Bay in the Tasman District
  • help scientists test a new digital tool which tracks how far plastics travel when they end up in the sea
  • take a boat ride with researchers
  • work with scientists to design experiments
  • use instruments and technology to measure our marine environment
  • investigate marine ecosystem services such as providing food, and removing pollutants
  • meet and question researchers involved in the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge
  • follow what's happening on the website and on twitter at #learnztrip

Events summary

New Zealand (nationwide)

05 March 2019 – 07 March 2019

Further information

Contact: Barrie Matthews

 (027) 223 0342