The Marlborough Sounds and coastal area play an important part in the region for boating, swimming, recreational and commercial fishing, tourism and aquaculture. All of these activities rely on good water quality and an understanding of how land and water uses can impact on each other and the marine environment.
As pressure on water space grows, Council is working with industry groups and government agencies on research and monitoring to improve the management and sustainable use of natural resources in the Sounds.
- Coastal monitoring provides essential information for good decisions on resource consents, future planning and protection for the Sounds.
- Council undertakes research and special investigations to better understand different aspects of the ecology of the coastal marine area and assess the health of coastal ecosystems.
- Council began monitoring of reef communities in 1995 and measuring erosion of shorelines in Tory Channel and Queen Charlotte Sound after the introduction of fast ferries in the 1990s.