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Photo: NPS
Presented by New Zealand Marine Studies Centre
Participation fee $0
Expenses $0
Spend the time outdoors
Location New Zealand
Appropriate for kids yes
Teaching materials yes


Required Gear:

A 1m x 1m quadrat, New Zealand Rocky Shore Guide, or New Zealand Sandy and Muddy Shore Guide, and a Data Sheet. If the survey is carried out on a Sandy and Muddy shore, then a 10 cm diameter can or core, a sieve, trowel and bucket are also required for sampling the substrate.


Marine Metre Squared


Survey the intertidal community in New Zealand.
Submit observations from 1m x 1m square patch of shore.

Marine Metre Squared (MM2) is an easy way to survey the intertidal community. Monitor a 1m x 1m square patch of your local shore once every season by recording the animals and plants that live there.

Take part in special scientific studies and fun educational challenges such as hunting for pest species, looking for evidence of animals breeding, and measuring seaweed growth.

Help others identify their new finds with the online forum. Submit your own questions and encourage others around New Zealand to take part.

The perfect project for families looking for holiday activities, schools and community groups looking for ways to engage with and improve their local environments.

See the project website for survey protocols, forms and resources to help you with your surveys. Resources are available for both rocky and sandy and muddy shores.




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