EMR is a national programme of experiential learning about marine conservation. EMR’s independence, professional delivery, marine reserves focus and provision of a range of learning styles make it unique within New Zealand. Since its introduction in Northland in 2002, EMR has expanded to 8 regions with a team of up to 30 coordinators nationwide.
Mountains To Sea Conservation Trust (MTSCT) - Nga Maunga ki te Moana
The Northland-based Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust was established in 2002, as a charitable umbrella and support organisation for the Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) marine education and Whitebait Connection (WBC) freshwater education programmes. These are both leading models in education for sustainability in New Zealand and now both available nationally.
The Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust – Experiencing Marine Reserves programme specialises in marine education. We can conduct a level 2, 2 credit, Snorkel Dive with Safety course for year 9 students and above, but the school must have consent to assess. If you are interested in increasing the skills of your staff or teachers you could consider gaining instructor skills and qualifications for guiding snorkel tours and becoming a EMR volunteer.
MTSCT – EMR Policy
Policy documents on use of the trailers (if applicable), police vetting, sanitisation and anything else that requires a policy, are found on our website under about us. The most recent policy relates to the below (see website for all policies and protocol’s).
Gazebos supplied by EMR MUST be pegged down no matter what the wind conditions. During windy conditions we MUST peg and tie down the gazebo (to cars, trailers or water filled containers). Erected EMR gazebo’s MUST not be left unmanned at any time.
Policy on full face masks: We do not to allow the use of full face masks as of 2017/18 season, due to possible H & S risk (mask can be hard to remove when full with water)
Formal procedure for antihistamine administration
Our team may carry over the counter antihistamine for personal first aid items. Coordinators do not administer any medication without specific written permission. We must ensure that we have captured information and increase identification of participants with known allergies and anaphylaxis via our pre – site assessment forms and/or other forms. Find out if there is an ‘action plan for anaphylaxis’ in place as part of our notes for medical/swimming management
Our comments procedure is to advise the MTSCT Chairperson for any complaints or concerns, which will be dealt with by The Trust.
For free events requiring bookings - the Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust - Experiencing Marine Reserves programme reserves the right to charge a fee for any 'no shows' or late cancellations. The usual policy is 48 hours, but the exact terms will be specified on your event sign up form. 'No shows' and late cancelations may affect our ability to offer free events in the future!
EMR SOP Manual Amendment Policy
All coordinators to implement. Write note on the page that has been updated. Attach amendments to the back. National coordinators checks that all coordinators have received and understood amendments.
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.
Over the years students have been involved in a range of action projects to promote marine conservation, from writing letters to their local authorities and Members of Parliament, presentations in front of assembly and public events, investigating where marine protected areas would go, supporting marine reserve proposal groups and addressing local issues in their community such as sand dune erosion.
Information + Experience + Action = EMR!
The aim of EMR is to raise awareness, understanding and involvement in marine conservation through provision of dynamic experiential environmental education opportunities.
Health & Safety - Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust - Experiencing Marine Reserves programme