Seaweek is a national celebration of our marine environment, coordinated by the NZ Association for Environmental Education. The Department of Conservation is a proud supporter of Seaweek.

Seaweek 1–9 March 2014

The theme for Seaweek 2014 was:

Our fragile, finite taonga
Kia mataara! Tiakina te au o te moana, he kōpīpī tōna
– be alert to the fragility of the marine environment and its treasures

Events throughout the week provided opportunities for Kiwis to take to the water, snorkel in a marine reserve, get active on a coastal walk, bike ride or beach cleanup, learn about our amazing seabirds – and much more.

Start your own marine odyssey on your nearest bit of coast by taking part in the NZ Marine Science Centre's Marine Metre Squared project

MarineWatch snorkel survey, Bay of Plenty.
MarineWatch snorkel survey, Bay of Plenty

If you're not into getting wet but you'd like to learn more:

Did you know?

New Zealand’s seas are more than 15 times larger than our land area, and our exclusive economic zone is the fourth largest in the world. Our oceans are home to more than 15,000 known species, many not found anywhere else in the world.

Here in New Zealand, we’re surrounded by the sea. Many of us live by the sea or  get out there regularly, whether it’s to enjoy our many beaches, go swimming, fishing, surfing or walking, or visit our many island sanctuaries, marine reserves or favourite coastal spots.

Female New Zealand sea lion. Photo copyright Andrew Maloney. DOC use only.
New Zealand sea lions are only found in New Zealand. They are one of the rarest species of sea lion in the world

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