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Te Kura Moana

EMR is a national programme
of experiential learning about marine conservation
Te Kura Moana - School of the Ocean

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Hands up !

Since 2001, EMR has taken 77,688 people through NZ marine reserves, we have guided snorkel experiences for 147,905 people. The total number of kiwi’s engaged in EMR is now 207,494!

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Summer Event Series

Experience the wonders of your local marine environment or marine reserve! EMR organised Community Guided Snorkel and Paddle Days around the country. We provide free hire for all snorkel/kayak/SUP equipment and provide experienced snorkel/kayak/SUP guides to lead your discovery.

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Info for educators

Plan your programme, download our curriculum resources, programme structure, success criteria (learning outcomes) and learning concepts.

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Marine Monitoring

With the multitude of pressures impacting our coastal marine ecosystems it’s important that we are aware of the changes that are occurring so we can respond appropriately. Our Reef Savers timed swim fish surveys provide a quick and simple method to measure the diversity and abundance of fish communities on shallow reef ecosystems.

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Kaitiaki Action Projects

After experiencing their local marine environment and the fully protected marine reserve, participants are encouraged to lead action projects and become kaitiaki of their marine environment.

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Fish of the Year - Week 1 Leaderboard

EMR Te ika o te tau | Fish of the Year 2023 Leaderboard: Week 1!
It's the end of Seaweek but our Fish of the Year competition is far from over! To celebrate the end of Seaweek we are excited to announce the leaderboard for week 1! Team elasmobranchs are smashing it with manta rays, great white sharks and basking sharks in the top 5! Our freshwater pals are also making a hit with 4 freshwater fishes making it into the top 10! 🥳
Voting isn't over yet! Voting is open until Friday 31st March! Will your vote be the game changer that shakes things up?
Full leaderboard below:
1. Oceanic manta ray (312 votes)
2. Longfin eels (215 votes)
3. Great white shark (189 votes)
4. Big-bellied seahorse (172 votes)
4. Basking shark (172 votes)
6. Īnanga (116 votes)
7. Lamprey (103 votes)
8. Blue cod (102 votes)
8. John dory (102 votes)
10. Shortjaw kōkopu (101 votes)
11. Porcupine pufferfish (100 votes)
12. Yellowfin kingfish (97 votes)
13. Crested weedfish (92 votes)
14. Snapper (79 votes)
15. Black mudfish (75 votes)
16. Blue-eyed triplefin (71 votes)
17. Butterfish (65 votes)
18. Flounder (64 votes)
19. Torrentfish (62 votes)
20. Goatfish (60 votes)
21. School shark (59 votes)
22. Blue maomao (48 votes)
22. Yellow moray eel (48 votes)
24. Pigfish (47 votes)
25. Anchovies (40 votes)
25. Stargazer (40 votes)
27. Redfin bully (38 votes)
28. Black angelfish (37 votes)
29. Common bully (36 votes)
29. Leatherjacket (36 votes)
31. Hāpuku (34 votes)
31. Scorpion fish (34 votes)
33. Red moki (33 votes)
33. Sandager's wrasse (33 votes)
25. Common triplefin (29 votes)
36. Spotty (22 votes)
36. Trevally (22 votes)
38. Two-spot demoiselles (18 votes)
39. Olive rockfish (14 votes)
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