Sediment and Seashores Project

The NZ Marine Studies Centre and the Department of Marine Science have gained funding from the Participatory Science Platform - Otago Pilot - to link with schools and community groups to investigate the consequences of dredging on Otago Harbour rocky shore communities to see how these communities respond to sediment deposition and increased turbidity in the water column.

The project involves schools and local groups working alongside postgraduate marine scientists to establish monitoring sites, photograph and survey the marine community over time using Marine Metre Squared (Mm2) techniques.  Data will be entered into a database and analysed and participants will be involved in discussion about the value of the data and how to refine or redesign the survey for 2017.  The objective is to set up long-term monitoring sites and integrate the project into schools’ long-term science plans.

Join a public workshop in Dunedin on Tuesday 20th September 2016 to find out more about the project and its results so far.  Details can be found on the Resources page of this website under "Workshops".

For more information about the Sediment and Seashores Project see the news article:

and watch the video news report on the Channel 9 website:

If you have enquiries about the project, contact Sally Carson:
email, phone 03 479 5842.