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Indigenous-led science collaborations toward a productive ocean

Indigenous-led science collaborations toward a productive ocean

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Science & indigenous communities supporting the ocean decade vision of sharing research for sustainable management of coastal resources.

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In the Bay of Plenty on New Zealand’s east coast, Iwi (Maori tribe) have built relationships with scientists through the Moana Project, a large ocean research endeavour involving more than 50 researchers from 14 New Zealand and international organisations (www.moanaproject.org). The project is using a mixture of ocean modelling and genetics and microchemistry to determine the source of the greenlip mussel larvae that is outgrown on the lucrative iwi-owned farms in the region.

The Moana Project has partnered with Whakatōhea (a Maori Tribe) incorporating traditional knowledge within research activities and outputs as Whakatōhea develops an open ocean aquaculture farming operation (https://openocean.co.nz/). Whakatōhea are also part of a multi-iwi initiative to develop smart Māori aquaculture (https://smartmaoriaquaculture.co.nz/) through collective investment in research, innovation and commercial ventures.

The activity will present collaborations between science and indigenous communities which supports the ocean decade vision of sharing learnings around how ocean research can interact with stakeholder indigenous communities for sustainable management of coastal resources.

The session will be of interest to indigenous peoples involved in ocean economies, policy-makers, and researchers who are keen to learn from a real example of how research and indigenous communities can work together to further an indigenous agenda.

The activity will be a mixture of pre-recorded video and livestream. The activity will be conducted via Zoom. The audience will be able to ask questions through the chat function and after the presentations. Registration will be required to access the zoom link. Predominantly English – No translations available

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