Mapping Made Easy Training sessions are being provided to conservation and ecological community groups (and open to the public depending on space availability) at nine locations in Atlantic Canada in March. This is an initiative to build the capacity of Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) to use free online geographic information, tools and other resources. The sessions will concentrate on the importance of utilizing geomatics as an effective tool to achieve their conservation efforts and to better communicate to the public, partners and funders -

- 13-14 May 2009: ACZISC Meeting #57, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
- 23-24 September 2009: ACZISC Meeting #58, St. John's, Newfoundland
- 20-21 January 2010: ACZISC Meeting #59, Fredericton, New Brunswick
- 12-13 May 2010: ACZISC Meeting #60, Halifax, Nova Scotia
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Mark your calendars ! The international conference Coastal Zone Canada 2010 is scheduled for 24-29 July 2010 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. The theme is Healthy Oceans - Strong Coastal Communities. The first call for papers will be issued in May.

The Province has released the 2009 Climate Change Action Plan and Energy Strategy. The Climate Change Action Plan has two main goals: reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and preparing for changes to climate - The Energy Strategy focuses on more renewable energy and greater energy efficiency. It also encourages growth in offshore and onshore activity -

Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Coastal First Nations have signed an agreement to formally work together to develop a comprehensive marine plan for the large area of British Columbia's coast known as the Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area. The intent is to establish an ecosystem-based management plan for the region, including outcomes and recommendations that provide for the long-term sustainability of resource use for future generations -

The Dec 2008 - Feb 2009 edition of Marine Ecosystems and Management (MEAM) focuses on the relationship between ecosystem-based management (EBM) in general and ecosystem-based fisheries management (EBFM) in particular - MEAM and the EBM Tools Network are hosting a webinar on the Relationship Between EBM and EBFM on 23 February 2009 - access to register.

In response to legal action, the British Columbia Supreme Court has ruled that the Canadian federal government, and not the Province, has exclusive jurisdiction over the management of finfish aquaculture in the Province's coastal waters. The decision has been suspended for 12 months to allow the transfer of responsibility -

The Coastal Hazards Resilience Workshop, organized by the US Northeast Regional Ocean Council, was held on 19-20 November 2008 in New London, Connecticut. The purpose of the Workshop was to better understand how the region might work collaboratively to improve its ability to withstand both severe coastal hazard events and more gradual impacts from climate change. The Workshop presentations and proceedings are available at

The MORSE initiative focuses on the information needs of Arctic coastal users, with particular emphasis on coastal zone monitoring and management, which can be satisfied, in whole or in part, by Earth Observation data from satellites. MORSE is jointly managed by the CSA and ESA. A summary of the MORSE User Consultation Workshop held on 12-14 November 2008 in St. John's, Newfoundland is available at The presentations are available at

NOAA has released the report entitled Status and Trends of Wetlands in the Coastal Watersheds of the Eastern United States. The joint NOAA/US Fish and Wildlife study shows a loss of 59,000 acres per year in coastal watersheds of the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Great Lakes from 1998 to 2004. The report is available at

An ecosystem-specific, multi-scale spatial model has been developed to synthesize 17 global datasets of anthropogenic drivers of ecological change for 20 marine ecosystems. The analysis indicates that no area is unaffected by human influence and that a large fraction (41%) is strongly affected by multiple drivers. However, large areas of relatively little human impact remain, particularly near the poles -

The FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Technical Paper describes the application of risk analysis to seven risk sectors in aquaculture production: pathogen risks, food safety and public health risks, genetic risks, ecological (pest) risks, environmental risks, financial risks and social risks -- which can lead to improved profitability and sustainability of the sector -

- The buffer zones in place on Prince Edward Island since 1999 were redesigned in the fall of 2008 in the new Watercourse and Wetland Protection Regulations. A Fact Sheet summarizes the requirements for the 2008 redesign of buffer zones -

- A site in the Minas Passage area of the Bay of Fundy has been identified as the location for demonstration turbines for Nova Scotia's in-stream tidal energy project -

- The January 2009 issue of the Canadian Ocean Science newsletter includes an article on a new international research program: Integrated Research on Disaster Risk - The challenge of natural and human-induced environmental hazards -

- The Guidance and Orientation for the Selection of Technologies website is a guide for the selection of rehabilitation technologies for contaminated sites, designed for project managers from varying departments and agencies with responsibilities related to the monitoring of Canadian federal contaminated sites -

- The guide entitled Monitoring for Marine Invasive Species: Guidance and Protocols for Volunteer Monitoring Groups, prepared by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management, includes information on site selection, monitoring protocols, safety, and identification resources -

- MPA News features international news and analysis on Marine Protected Areas. The February 2009 issue is available at

- The US National Academies publication entitled Mapping the Zone: Improving Flood Map Accuracy examines the factors that affect flood map accuracy, assesses the benefits and costs of more accurate flood maps, and recommends ways to improve flood mapping, communication, and management of flood-related data -

- The recently released version of Google Earth includes expanded coverage of the world's oceans. Features include 3D images of the seafloor, videos and historical photos -

- The US Joint Ocean Commission Initiative has released the report entitled One Coast, One Future: Securing the Health of West Coast Ecosystems and Economies. The report offers guidance to local, state and federal leaders on how to improve the health of coastal ecosystems and the economies that depend on them through integrated decision making -

- The US EPA Cruise Ship Discharge Assessment Report assesses five primary cruise ship waste streams and, for each stream, discusses (1) the nature and volume; (2) existing federal regulations applicable; (3) environmental management; (4) potential adverse environmental impacts; (5) actions by the federal government to address the waste stream; and (6) a range of options and alternatives that address the waste stream from cruise ships -

- Two bills have been recently introduced in the US Congress related to ICOM: one to establish a national policy for the oceans, to strengthen NOAA, to establish a national and regional ocean governance structure, and for other purposes -; and the other to establish a program to develop a coordinated and comprehensive federal ocean and coastal mapping plan for the Great Lakes and coastal state waters, the territorial sea, the exclusive economic zone, and the continental shelf of the US, and for other purposes -

- Recent postings related to the US Climate Change Science Program and the US Global Change Research Program include: Final Report of Synthesis and Assessment Product 4.1 "Coastal Sensitivity to Sea-Level Rise: A Focus on the Mid-Atlantic Region" and Final Report of Synthesis and Assessment Product 4.4 "Preliminary review of adaptation options for climate-sensitive ecosystems and resources" -

- A workshop on climate change, natural resources, and coastal management for Washington, Oregon, and California was held on 29-30 January 2009, San Francisco, California. The presentations and a video of the sessions are available at

- A NASA article entitled Climate and Earth's Energy Budget describes how earth's temperature depends on how much sunlight the land, oceans, and atmosphere absorb, and how much heat the planet radiates back to space. It describes the net flow of energy through different parts of the earth system, and explains how the planetary energy budget stays in balance -

- The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) are developing a new Ecosystems and Livelihoods Adaptation Network. The goal of the Network is to ensure ecosystem-based management approaches benefit from the latest science and practical experiences -

- NOAA has issued final guidance on annual catch limits to prevent overfishing. The system accounts for scientific uncertainty in estimating catch limits for a stock, and calls for strong accountability measures to prevent annual catch limits from being exceeded, and to address such a situation quickly if it does occur -

- 15 February is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the 43rd Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS), 31 May - 4 June 2009, Halifax, Nova Scotia -

- 16 February is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the 4th Workshop on Remote Sensing of the Coastal Zone, 18-20 June 2009, Chania (Crete), Greece -

- 20 February is the extended deadline for submitting abstracts to the 30th Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing, 22-26 June 2009, Lethbridge, Alberta -

- 26 February is the deadline for submitting abstracts to 94th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, 2-7 August 2009, Albuquerque, New Mexico -

- 27 February is the deadline to submit abstracts to the 22nd Annual Geomatics Atlantic Conference, scheduled for the week of June 8th at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia - for information, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it '; document.write( '' ); document.write( addy_text13364 ); document.write( '<\/a>' ); //--> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

- 27 February is the extended deadline for submitting abstracts to the 8th Bay of Fundy Science Workshop, 26-29 May 2009, Wolfville, Nova Scotia -

- 27 February is the deadline to register for the Canadian Information Session on Remote Sensing Applications to Fisheries, 13 March 2009, Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia -

- 27 February is the deadline to submit letters of intent to the joint Habitat Restoration Grants Program of the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment and the National Marine Fisheries Service's Community-based Restoration Program. The Grants Program funds projects which focus on the restoration of habitats in streams, coastal wetlands, and subtidal coastal environments -

- 27 February is the deadline for submitting abstracts to Aquaculture Canada 2009, 10-13 May 2009, Nanaimo, British Columbia -

- 27 February is the extended deadline for submitting abstracts for working papers and posters to the 6th Coastal and Marine Tourism Congress, 23-26 June 2009, Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa -

- 28 February is the deadline for submitting abstracts to CoastGIS '09, the 9th International Symposium on GIS and Computer Cartography for Coastal Zone Management, 30 September - 2 October 2009, Santa Catarina, Brazil -

- 28 February is the extended deadline for submitting abstracts to ICEC 2009, the 3rd International Conference on Estuaries & Coasts, 14-16 September 2009, Sendai, Japan -

- 28 February is the deadline for nominations for the next Timothy R. Parsons Medal, established by Fisheries and Oceans Canada to recognize achievement in ocean sciences. The nominations can be for a lifetime's body of work or for a recent outstanding achievement -

- 6 March is the extended deadline for submitting abstracts to the International Conference on Coastal Zone Management of River Deltas and Low Land Coastlines, 6-10 March 2010, Alexandria, Egypt -

- 15 March is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress 2009, 23-27 November 2009, Manila, Philippines -

- 31 March is the deadline for submissions for Volume 24 of the Ocean Yearbook of the International Ocean Institute. Topics include: issues and prospects; ocean governance; living resources of the ocean; non-living ocean resources; transportation and communications; environment and coastal management; maritime security; military activities; regional developments; training and education; and polar issues -

- For a complete list of upcoming conferences and workshops, access

- 18-20 February 2009: National Conference on Beach Preservation Technology, St. Petersburg Beach, Florida -

- 19-20 February 2009: Symposium on Advances in Positioning Technologies and Applications to Mapping, College of Geographic Sciences, Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia -

- 20-21 February 2009: Fishermen and Scientists Research Society 16th Annual Conference, Truro, Nova Scotia -

- 23-24 February 2009: New Brunswick Seafood Conference, Moncton, New Brunswick -

- 24-25 February 2009: Status, Trends, and Conservation of Eelgrass in Northeastern United States and Canada, Portland, Maine - for information, email Al Hanson ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or Hilary Neckles ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

- 27 February - 1 March 2009: Adaptation and Actions - Tools for Rural Communities Facing Climate Change, Sackville, New Brunswick -

- 2-5 March 2009: Coastal GeoTools 2009, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina -

- 2-6 March 2009: George Wright Society Conference on Parks, Protected Areas, and Cultural Sites, Portland, Oregon -

- 10-11 March 2009: Atlantic Climate Change Conference 2009, Halifax, Nova Scotia -

- 10-12 March 2009: International Scientific Congress on Climate Change, Copenhagen, Denmark -

- 22-27 March 2009: Association of American Geographers 2009 Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada -

- 23-28 March 2009: Arctic Science Summit Week, Bergen, Norway, including the annual meetings of the Arctic organizations and an international symposium on 24-26 March -

- 13-18 April 2009: 10th International Coastal Symposium, Lisbon, Portugal -

- 19-23 April 2009: 16th International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species, Montréal, Québec -

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