otaika valleyThe Experiencing Marine Reserves programme concept came to life in Northland in 2001. "We wanted to capture the look on the students faces when they came face to face with a large snapper inside the marine reserve in a education programme" EMR was founded by Samara Nicholas and was first piloted in 2002. The Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust (MTSCT) was established in 2002, as a charitable umbrella and support organisation for the EMR and the Whitebait Connection (WBC), our freshwater sister education programme. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 D8A0416Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust provides the umbrella organisation for the EMR programme in Auckland.

In the Auckland Region we have taken a total of 6542 participants snorkelling in our full programmes and community events. Lorna Doogan is the Auckland regional coordinator  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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ryan mahurangiHosted by The Friends of Te Whanganui a hei Marine reserve, Whenuakite School participated in the full programme in 2016 with some awesome conservation based action plans. Emma set up a plastic collection. There was a school bake sale that raised money for Maui dolphins. Also stalls on the side of the road for fundraising for Maui dolphin and a beach clean-up were organized. The Hauraki regional coordinator is Amber Boyd This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 WSR1990There is still an urgent need to promote value of the Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve (est. 1999), it's critical for community to experience with their own eyes, as this is essential to achieving marine protection in their own areas and building community support for the existing marine reserve. This marine region is highly utilized for kaimoana gathering by communities and has a huge summer influx of people.

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 D8A7202EMR was first piloted in Taranaki with St Pius School in 2011. The local host for EMR in this region is Nga Motu Marine Reserve Society; who work in collaboration with the Department of Conservation. EMR Taranaki had over 100 at their community guided snorkel day last summer

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emr underwaterThe Wellington Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) programme is coordinated by the Wellington Marine Conservation Trust, who operate the Island Bay Marine Education Centre, with support from the Poneke Area of the Department of Conservation, the Wellington City Council, WWF-NZ and the Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust (via the Tindall Foundations support for national expansion).

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jessie nelsonEMR in Nelson is under the new local umbrella of Whenua Iti Outdoors. EMR in Nelson has been busy at Riwaka
School in 2016, with some great action projects such as making Tonga Marine Reserve educational posters for
display inside Sea Shuttle Taxi Boats in the Abel Tasman National Park to educate tourists about Tonga Marine Reserve
and sending letter to John Key to promote marine reserves!

Riwaka also made the front page of the Guardian newspaper https://issuu.com/guardian-motueka/docs/8_june_2016

The regional coordinator contact person is Jude Heath This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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underwaterThe summer and autumn of 2015/16 saw a consolidation of EMR activities in Otago. This year’s Community Guided Snorkel
Day was held at Karitane Peninsula, with a total of 27 snorkelers. Our big step forward for the 2015/16 season was the purchase of twenty sets of fins, booties, hoods, gloves and weight belts – all essential for enjoyment of the seas down here.
These complemented our existing wetsuits, masks and snorkels provided by EMR and supporters. Our new purchases were kindly funded by a grant of $4,181 from the Otago Community Trust - a gift which is greatly appreciated now and in years to come. Contact
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EMSIn 2014  the Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) was approached by Dr Mike Bossley, a renowned marine biologist and environmental advocate about adopting EMR as a successful community engagement tool in SA. In 2014, EMR's founder Samara Nicholas travelled to Adelaide to present the programme. SA's marine reserves are called marine sanctuaries, with permission we agreed  to provide the resources and safety management systems to base the programme on that the EMR programme in SA would be called 'Experiencing Marine Sanctuaries'

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