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Seaweed: An ocean of opportunity!

Travel online to Kaikōura and Nelson to discover
why seaweed is a wonder crop of the future!

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About this trip

Seaweed aquaculture is the world's fastest-growing primary industry!

Did you know that over three billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods? Globally, the market value of marine and coastal resources and industries is estimated at $3 trillion per year or about 5 per cent of global GDP.

Travel online to Kaikōura and Whakatū (Nelson) with LEARNZ and Sustainable Seas Challenge to discover:

  • why seaweed is a wonder crop of the future
  • how local communities could benefit environmentally, socially, culturally and economically from a thriving seaweed sector
  • how research, science and innovation are helping develop seaweed aquaculture in Aotearoa–New Zealand.

Find out how AgriSea–a blue economy success story is one initiative turning seaweed into an ocean of opportunity. 

This online field trip supports a STEM-based, cross curricular approach to teaching and learning. Participation encourages curiosity, citizen-science and student inquiry. Access the glossary.



UN SDG Goal 14

This trip reflects the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially Goal 14: LIFE BELOW WATER: To conserve and sustainably use the world's oceans, seas and marine resources.



Sustainable Seas Challenge has generously sponsored this trip.

National Science Challenges.