Goals of the Marine Metre Squared

Marine Metre Squared is a new nationwide citizen science project that supports and involves communities in the monitoring of their local seashore .

The project has been designed to provide meaningful, valid environmental baseline data on the state of seashores around New Zealand. It will enable us to not only take a snapshot of seashore biodiversity, but to form a baseline against which future change may be measured.

The aims of the Marine Meter Squared project are for participants to:

  • learn more about the animals and plants that live between the tides around New Zealand
  • collect valuable scientific information that will help build a picture of the biodiversity, distribution and abundance of seashore animals and plants in New Zealand’s marine environment
  • monitor change in this habitat over time and investigate what might be causing the change
  • make connections between scientists, educators, schools and community/Iwi groups who care about their local seashore environment and want to look after it.