I Spy, Shark Spy

Citizen Science project ‘Shark Spy’ takes communities under the current What is Shark Spy? Shark Spy is an Otago-based citizen science project that collects baseline data on Aotearoa New Zealand mangō / sharks using community knowledge and sightings in tandem with scientific survey methods. Coordinated by the Otago University Marine Studies Centre, the project connects local schools and communities to their coastal environment while educating on and improving science skills. The collected data is freely available for community groups, schools, and iwi to view and use. Shark Spy sources data in two… Read More

Inanga ora ki te awa o Waitara

This project with Waitara Alive and the Ōtaraua Hapū along with Waitara High School students aims to better understand the health of whitebait spawning sites along the Waitara River. The project is comparing present day spawning site health for inanga (whitebait!) to historical evidence collected from local kaumatua. By contrasting past with present, the Inanga Ora project team hope to identify how spawning habitat is changing, and what can be done to better protect it.The project was funded by the ‘Curious Minds’ He Hihiri I Te Mahara. Participatory Science Platform.Check out a recent… Read More