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Marine Metre Squared

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Presented By New Zealand Marine Studies Centre
Goal Survey the intertidal community in New Zealand.
Task Submit observations from 1m x 1m square patch of shore.
Where New Zealand

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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Materials List A quadrat or rope to measure a square metre, A camera is useful, Sieve, Trowel, Core and Bucket for sandy and muddy shores, Instructions and a data recording sheet, A shore guide to identify your finds
Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Ideal Frequency Just once
Average Time Less than an hour
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity At the beach
Training Materials
Class Materials
Tags biology, chiton, citizen science, crab., intertidal, limpet, marine, new zealand, ocean, quadrat, rocky shore, seaweed
Project Updated 08/10/2018