The Sustainable Seas Challenge is the fourth National Science Challenge to be launched by the Government and involves multi-disciplinary research across a range of research organisations, including some international institutions. It is hosted by Crown research institute, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) and involves Nelson's Cawthron Institute, GNS Science, and the University of Auckland, the University of Canterbury, the University of Otago, the University of Waikato and Victoria University of Wellington.
The Challenge aims to enhance the utilisation of our marine resources within environmental and biological constraints.
To do this, the Sustainable Seas Challenge will focus on:
- research to describe in detail the make-up of our oceans
- developing a better understanding of the dynamics and sensitivities of our ocean and coastal systems
- working towards the effective integrated management of our oceans and coasts that takes into consideration environmental, societal, cultural, Maori and economic concerns and informs governance of marine resources.