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Welcome to the October 2018 edition of the Mm2 Newsletter.

Seaweek 2019

Seaweek – Kaupapa Moana 2019 – will take place from Saturday 2 to Sunday 10 March 2019.  The Seaweek theme for 2019 will be “Tiakina o Tātou Mōana - Care for our Seas”, highlighting the impact of plastic, litter and other pollutants on our coasts and seas.

Marine Metre Squared is a great way to collect data about the state of your local shoreline and with continued monitoring you can assess how it is changing over time and investigate what might be causing the change. Let us know if you want to plan a workshop or a community event and we can provide resources and advice. Workshop planning for Auckland and Hawkes Bay is already underway.

Check out the Seaweek website

Mm2 workshops in Canterbury

Join us to learn more about how to get involved in the Mm2 project. Data collection methods will be introduced on the seashore, followed by a hands-on look at the Mm2 web site and app. The on-line data analysis tools will be highlighted and educational resources available, Discussion will focus on survey results (collected on the day) and how the survey can be tailored to answer questions of local relevance.
Monday Nov 26th – Rapaki, Lyttelton Harbour (email for details)
Tuesday Nov 27th – Timaru (email for details)

Make your own folding quadrat

A metre square can easily be marked out using a rope, though scientists often use a metal quadrat to measure a metre square.  The problem with a metal quadrat is that you cannot fold it up, so it is hard to fit it into a car if you have to take it into the field.  We have developed a folding quadrat, and there have been so many requests for information about how to make one that we have drawn up a DIY instruction sheet.
Download DIY quadrat information

DOC education resource

Investigating marine reserves is an integrated curriculum teaching resource with New Zealand’s marine reserves as a real-life context for learning.

Check out the resource here

There is lots of background information about NZ’s marine environment and how we can sustainably manage it through marine reserves. Marine Metre Squared is one of the activities that is integrated into the unit.

DOC also has a new resource on estuaries which will be released very soon.

Sediment and seashores project update

The robustness of Mm2 data collected by Dunedin school students (average age 9-10), was assessed by Aless Smith (MSc candidate, Department of Marine Science, University of Otago), during a project monitoring the impacts of dredging to deepen the shipping channel on the intertidal area of Otago Harbour, Dunedin.

Students assessed biodiversity and percentage cover of substrate at two shore heights across six locations over three years (2016-2018) using transect/quadrat methods.  In 2017, scientists collected data in the same manner as students and the two datasets were compared to assess the quality of the student collected data. Comparisons indicated that students and scientists show similar ability to quantify species presence and abundance in a specific area.

The findings of the first two years of the Sediment and Seashores study can be found here:

Sediment and Seashores Report 2016
Sediment and Seashores Report 2017

Seashore guides in te reo Māori

The Māori versions of the popular seashore guides (Northern, Southern, Rocky and Sandy and Muddy shore guides) are currently being reprinted. Waterproof versions will be available as well as the cardboard guides. Please get in touch if you would like copies.

Download an order form

Collins Guide to the New Zealand Seashore

Looking for ways to spend your science budget?  Need a Chrsitmas present for that special someone?  Strugging to identify the species in your marine metre square? 

The Collins Guide to the NZ Seashore is available from all good booksellers. 

Teacher Notes are available to bring the seashore life to the classroom and assist teachers, educators and parents make the most of the book.
Download the seashore guide teacher notes
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