Mission Statement
Our Seas Our Future (OSOF) aims to protect New Zealand’s coastal and marine ecosystems through advocacy, education, and environmental stewardship, ensuring that they are managed sustainably and protected for future generations.

Latest Posts

  • The Human Risk of Plastic Fish

    May 31, 2016

    Eight million tonnes of plastic enter the ocean each year, that’s one tonne every four minutes. At current rates plastic is set to outweigh the amount of fish in the ocean by 2050, coincidently the same year that scientists predict all sea birds will contain plastic.

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  • Bleaching Reefs and Us

    May 12, 2016

    Although tropical coral reefs don’t line New Zealand’s coasts it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t care about news of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) and in particular the newest wave of coral bleaching to hit the area.

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  • Bioplastics – Not a simple solution

    April 4, 2016

    Plastics made from plants have been around since the late 1800’s, but have only recently become widely used – generally in the form of a plastic called polylactic acid, or PLA.

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  • A New Marine Protected Areas Act – Have Your Say On Protecting Our Ocean

    February 10, 2016

    The Government is seeking views on a new approach to marine protection in New Zealand. Make a submission now and help protect our oceans.

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  • Hidden Plastics

    January 21, 2016

    Leading a plastic-free life – or making steps in that direction – doesn’t come easy. If you want to reduce your plastic consumption you have to do your homework: read labels, do research, ask questions, and take steps in the right direction.

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  • Why plastic recycling isn’t the answer

    November 22, 2015

    Recycling is a feel-good activity. Most of us do our best to make sure our plastic waste gets into the recycling bin and is therefore saved from entering our landfills. Right? Not always...

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  • A better way forward

    October 9, 2015

    In mid-July the Government announced a new $1.2 million initiative to create a facility in New Zealand capable of recycling soft plastics. Currently, plastic shopping bags and other soft plastics are not recyclable in NZ. That means nearly all of the 1.4 billion grocery bags used annually in our country end up in a landfill or worse, in our environment.

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  • The Flying Mobula Rays

    June 14, 2015

    Mobula rays make a habit of leaping out of the ocean in amazing acrobatic form, particularly when they gather in groups This behaviour is still poorly understood by scientists however possible reasons include communication, courtship, feeding, and even a behaviour to parasite removal.

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  • The Colossal Squid – From the depths of the Southern Ocean

    May 17, 2015

    The Colossal squid, Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni, are mysterious and the largest of all the cephalopods. Predators of the deep with shredding beaks, rotating and serrated arm hooks, and basketball sized eyes with built-in lights.

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