Back to top

eOceans Observation Programme


Get involved in this global programme and track what you see!

eOceans phone Image

We’re excited to have partnered with eOceans - a digital platform to track your at sea activities and log your observations while simultaneously sharing to science.

This free easy-to-use app, allows you to document what you see anywhere you see the ocean in real time. If you live, work, or play near the ocean, download the app and start tracking what you see - even if it’s empty beaches!

The eOceans pilot project, ‘Our Ocean in COVID-19’, aims to quantify the changes that are being seen in the ocean now and into the new normal.  The scale of this global pandemic means tourism, fishing, and recreational uses, have all changed dramatically.  The information you collect will help eOcean’s researchers understand what’s happening in coastal communities, along coastlines, and in the oceans as humans respond to COVID-19.

What is your information used for?

In this project, patterns will be tracked along coastlines and oceans around the world in real-time. Scientists will map and analyze this data at global and national scales to explore patterns.  These patterns will be examined through time to understand how the COVID-19 global event impacted the social, economic, and ecological condition of the ocean.  Your observations are essential in making this happen.  

Privacy is also considered, your data is amalgamated across thousands of users and millions of observations – it will not be identifiable to an individual (more details on privacy can be found on their website.

Get involved in three easy steps

  1. Create an eOceans account
  2. Download the app to your phone (Apple or Android)
  3. Check-in on the oceans anytime you are along the coast or at sea and report any animal or human observations

Your efforts will contribute to a snapshot on a global scale that will help to document the impact of this change (positive or negative) in the future.

We can't wait to show you our world.

Opening Hours

Daily from 9:00am - 5:00pm
(including public holidays)
last entry 4:30pm


Marine Parade, Napier

+64 6 834 1404

Open in Google Maps

Join our E-Newsletter

Disclaimers and Copyright
While every endeavour has been taken by the National Aquarium of New Zealand to ensure that the information on this website is accurate and up to date, National Aquarium of New Zealand shall not be liable for any loss suffered through the use, directly or indirectly, of information on this website. Information contained has been assembled in good faith. Some of the information available in this site is from the New Zealand Public domain and supplied by relevant government agencies. National Aquarium of New Zealand cannot accept any liability for its accuracy or content. Portions of the information and material on this site, including data, pages, documents, online graphics and images are protected by copyright, unless specifically notified to the contrary. Externally sourced information or material is copyright to the respective provider.

© National Aquarium of New Zealand - / +64 6 834 1404 /