Project

Ocean Cultures

Devora Najjar

Māori have a long and deep connection to their island and ocean ecosystem. The Māori concept of Rahui focuses on traditional methods of ocean protection that long predate marine protected areas. Ocean Cultures hopes to support the younger generation of islanders to understand and monitor their own ocean surroundings at a time when it is critical.  

We hope to do this through a dual set of tools, monitoring through science as well as culture.  Monitoring through science will consist of educational hands-on workshops teaching participants fundamental concepts within the marine microbiome, the invisible but critical foundation of the ocean’s ecosystem, which governs the health, biodiversity, and innumerable processes that occur on our planet. Additional workshops on low cost sensors and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs)  may be explored as well. To monitor through culture, we hope to collaborate with Māori kaumātua to teach participants traditional and cultural knowledge about their ocean ecosystems and how best to preserve that though generations.

Māori have a long and deep connection to their island and ocean ecosystem. The Māori concept of Rahui focuses on traditional methods of ocean protection that long predate marine protected areas. Ocean Cultures hopes to support the younger generation of islanders to understand and monitor their own ocean surroundings at a time when it is critical.  

We hope to do this through a dual set of tools, monitoring through science as well as culture.  Monitoring through science will consist of educational hands-on workshops teaching participants fundamental concepts within the marine microbiome, the invisible but critical foundation of the ocean’s ecosystem, which governs the health, biodiversity, and innumerable processes that occur on our planet. Additional workshops on low cost sensors and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs)  may be explored as well. To monitor through culture, we hope to collaborate with Māori kaumātua to teach participants traditional and cultural knowledge about their ocean ecosystems and how best to preserve that though generations.