Sustainable Seas

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Sustainable Seas

Welcome to the Sustainable Seas - essential for New Zealand's health and wealth. This field trip takes place on 6-8 March 2018 and is supported by the Sustainable Seas National Science ChallengeEnrol now.

field trip destinationIntroduction 

During Seaweek, your students can tackle a major New Zealand problem: the conflict between the many uses of our marine environment.

Aotearoa is an island nation with very close ties to the marine environment. 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 connections with the sea and the sea is a taonga that we all need to help look after. The challenge is to manage the different uses and values of our seas so that they remain healthy for future generations.

On this field trip you will join experts who are developing a special tool to help manage our seas sustainably. This tool is called ecosystem-based management (EBM). Your class will explore the different ways that Kiwis use and value our marine areas and help scientists to better understand how these ecosystems respond to human pressures. 

Meet Shelley the LEARNZ field trip teacher.
Meet Shelley the LEARNZ field trip teacher

Watch the introductory video - on Vimeo.


You will travel to Nelson to explore Tasman Bay in the Tasman District. Tasman Bay has both coastal and offshore waters, and a variety of marine environments. These environments are used for many different purposes by many different people making sustainable management a challenge.

Field Trip Plan - Term 1 2018

Monday 5 March

travel day

Travel Day 

Read the diary about the travel day from Dunedin to Nelson to begin the Sustainable Seas virtual field trip. Read the ambassador updates.


Tuesday 6 March 

ecosystem connectivity

Ecosystem connectivity

Read the diary about the adventure out to Delaware Bay by boat to check on the health of the local blue cod population. Watch the videos to see how everything is interconnected within an ecosystem. Look at what can affect this ecosystem and how these impacts can be managed. Read the ambassador updates and listen to a recording of today's web conference.

Wednesday 7 March

estuaries and tipping points

Estuaries and tipping points

Read the diary to discover why estuaries are such important ecosystems. Watch the videos to se what impacts upon estuaries and see how to help experts with their research into environmental tipping points. Read the ambassador updates and listen to the recorded web conference.


Thursday 8 March

ocean currents and drifters

Ocean currents and drifters

Read the diary to see how technology is helping to measure the properties of seawater. Watch the videos to find out how oceanographers map currents and track impacts such as sediment and nutrient runoff in Tasman Bay. Read the ambassador updates and listen to the recorded web conference.

What's New

Friday 2 March Newsletter 3 was sent to all enrolled classes

Wednesday 7 February

The Sustainable Seas background pages and their easy reading versions and student activities are now online.

Wednesday 7 February

The Sustainable Seas field trip website is now online.

The LEARNZ Team think that joining the NZASE and staying connected through the NZ Science Teacher will help you become a better teacher of science.

 Sustainable Seas