Experiencing Marine Reserves
EMR is a national programme of experiential learning about marine conservation. EMR empowers schools and communities by providing the equipment and expertise for a hands-on learning experience in the ocean.
EMR has guided snorkel experiences for a total of 62,592 people! Including students and whanau, teachers and community members in NZ Marine Reserves with their organised marine conservation events.
Barefoot Sailing Adventures works alongside Experiencing Marine Reserves to promote community awareness about marine conservation in New Zealand. We are actively involved in EMR programmes within Northland, in particular the Tapeka Point Community Guided Snorkel Day which is run in March each year. Barefoot Sailing Adventures is able to provide transport, and trained snorkel guides, trained First Aid-ers. Also attend training on environmental conservation issues with EMR Programme.
Purpose of the EMR Programme
New Zealand is surrounded by ocean – our oceans are a national treasure for many reasons, but we have begun to see a national decline in many of our fish species. It is only recently that we have begun to understand the impacts this has on the rest of our marine environment. Only by working together as a nation towards understanding more about our marine environment can we minimise our impacts upon it and conserve what we have for future generations.
- Marine education
Providing quality marine education opportunities to schools, communities and professionals
- Marine conservation
Increasing awareness, encouraging action and support for marine conservation in New Zealand .
- Empowering communities communities understanding marine conservation issues in their local area and fostering kaitiakitanga.
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.
Tiakina Tangaroa – Care for the Oceans and Sea