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The Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge brings together a group of experts who are working on creating a new way of managing our marine ecosystems called ecosystem-based management (EBM). EBM takes into account all the uses and impacts on all parts of a marine ecosystem.
Our marine areas are not only important for plants and animals, but also for our economy, industries and people.
Marine industries include:
The New Zealand government looks after our marine areas and decides who can use marine resources. This can be hard because different people want to use marine areas in different ways.
Old ways of managing our seas are now in need of a rethink. We can no longer look at just some species or focus on one issue at a time. We need to look at:
The Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge brings together a group of different experts from scientists to lawyers to mātauranga Māori holders. The aim of this project is to not only improve the value of our marine resources but also to make sure that these resources do not run out. A new way of managing our marine areas will be created, called Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM).
To achieve this, the Sustainable Seas Challenge researchers are:
Ecosystem-based management for Aotearoa is based on the following principles:
EBM is a work in progress. The Sustainable Seas Challenge is trialling EBM in the Tasman-Golden Bay and Hawke’s Bay areas because they have:
Ready for a quiz? Try the Ecosystem Based Management interactive activity.
Find out more about the Sustainable Seas Challenge.