Led by NIWA, the Ross Sea Region Research and Monitoring Programme (Ross-RAMP) is a five-year research programme aiming to evaluate the effectiveness of the Ross Sea Marine Protected Area (MPA).
The Ross Sea Region Research and Monitoring Programme (Ross-RAMP) is funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and run by NIWA to evaluate the effectiveness of the Ross Sea Marine Protected Area.
The Ross Sea MPA came into effect in 2017. It sets out to conserve the area’s ecology, mitigate threats to ecosystems from fishing, and provide a reference area to better gauge the effects of fishing and climate change over time. The MPA balances environmental protection, sustainable fishing, and science interests. The protection will cease in 2052 and proof of the effectiveness of the MPA is needed for it to continue beyond this 35-year period.
NIWA’s science is establishing how the impacts of the MPA can be demonstrated. It focuses on 10 components:
For each of these components, the research will:
The programme is run by NIWA and includes researchers from Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research, iwi partners (Ngāi Tahu and Ngātiwai), and the New Zealand Antarctic Platform. International collaborators come from countries including the USA, Australia, Korea, China, Japan, UK, Spain, France and Italy.
The project will focus on answering the question: Is the world’s largest marine protected area effective? NIWA’s science will establish how the impacts of the MPA can be demonstrated.