ACZISC COASTAL UPDATE - DECEMBER 2006
UPCOMING ACZISC MEETINGS
- 24-25 January 2007: ACZISC Meeting #50, St. John's, Newfoundland
- 30-31 May 2007: ACZISC Meeting #51, Fredericton, New Brunswick (revised dates)
- 19-20 September 2007: ACZISC Meeting #52, Halifax, Nova Scotia
- 23-24 January 2008: ACZISC Meeting #53, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
For information on the meetings, email the
COASTAL ACTIVITIES IN ATLANTIC CANADA
A report of current coastal activities in Atlantic Canada is available at http://aczisc.dal.ca/docs.htm#ACZISC. The report is the Roundtable portion of the ACZISC Meeting held in September 2006 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
SEA-LEVEL RISE, STORM SURGES AND COASTAL EROSION IN NEW BRUNSWICK
The overall objective of the 3-year study entitled Impacts of Sea-Level Rise and Climate Change on the Coastal Zone of Southeastern New Brunswick was to quantify the impacts of climate change on the coastal zone of Southeastern New Brunswick. The results will support sustainable management, community resilience and the development of adaptation strategies for these impacts. The executive summary is available in PDF format at http://www.adaptation.nrcan.gc.ca/projdb/final_coastal_e.php (English) and http://adaptation.nrcan.gc.ca/projdb/final_coastal_f.php (French). To obtain a paper copy of the summary, including the full report on CD, email
WORKSHOP: RESTORING MARITIME SALT MARSHES
The Workshop is scheduled for 1-2 February 2007 at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The Workshop will review accomplishments in Bay of Fundy salt marsh restoration, key lessons learned and how efforts have contributed to overall ecological improvement of Maritime marshes. Workshop sessions will focus on knowledge and information gaps, obstacles to implementation, and priorities for future research and action. For information, email
, Workshop Coordinator.
ENVIRONMENTAL RISK ASSESSMENT STUDY OF THE SOUTH COAST OF NEWFOUNDLAND
A study is under way to assess and quantify the risk facing the south coast of Newfoundland and Labrador over the next 10 years by the transportation of oil and oil products by commercial vessels. The study will provide information for Canada's Marine Oil Spill Preparedness and Response Regime. The data gathered for the study may also be used for programs to minimize the risk of oil spills. The study will be completed in early 2007. A report of public consultations on the study is available at http://www.tc.gc.ca/marinesafety/TP/tp14617/menu.htm.
ECOSYSTEM DYNAMICS IN THE EASTERN SCOTIAN SHELF
This document entitled Implications of Ecosystem Dynamics for the Integrated Management of the Eastern Scotian Shelf has been prepared by Fisheries and Oceans Canada in support of the planning process for the Eastern Scotian Shelf Integrated Management (ESSIM) initiative. It discusses the dynamics between the environment, physical habitat, species and trophic interactions, and human activities and impacts in the Eastern Scotian Shelf region. It is available at http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/Library/324232.pdf.
MARINE ECOSYSTEM CONSERVATION FOR MARITIME CANADA AND NEW ENGLAND
The report entitled Marine Ecosystem Conservation for New England and Maritime Canada: A Science-Based Approach to Identifying Priority Areas for Conservation presents a science-based method for identifying priority areas for conservation within the waters of the Scotian Shelf and the Gulf of Maine. It is the result of a six-year collaboration between WWF-Canada and the Conservation Law Foundation. The report is available at http://www.wwf.ca/marinepriorityareas.
POSITION: ESIP PROGRAM MANAGER
22 December is the deadline to apply for the contract position of Program Manager for the Ecosystem Indicator Partnership (ESIP) of the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment. The contractor will work from her/his fully equipped office. For details, access http://www.gulfofmaine.org/council/opportunities/docs/ESIP_PM_RFP_12-04-06.pdf.
CANADIAN ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY INDICATORS 2006
The three main components of the Canadian Environmental Sustainability Indicators (CESI) are air quality, greenhouse gas emissions and freshwater quality. For each indicator, the 2006 report presents the latest national status, trends over time (where possible), an interpretation of what the indicator trends mean and plans for future improvements. The report concludes with a discussion of how the indicators are linked, primarily by analysing the socio-economic factors influencing the indicator trends. It is available at http://www.ec.gc.ca/environmentandresources/CESIFull2006_e.cfm.
FISH PROCESSING PLANT EFFLUENT ASSESSMENT
Environment Canada is leading an assessment of fish processing plants across Canada to determine the environmental risks associated with effluents from fish processing facilities and to determine possible mitigative measures. The effort will focus on characterization of effluents to measure the impacts in receiving environments and to explore some pollution reduction techniques. The project will be based on work done previously on plants in the Atlantic Region. For information, email at
FACTORS IMPACTING COD RECOVERY
What is holding back the cod recovery? Scientific studies are focussing on differences in productivity between stocks in the North Atlantic and many factors including poor environmental conditions; changes in the food supply; the low condition factor of individual fish resulting in a reduced ability to catch prey and an increased susceptibility to predation; and competition for food with, and predation by, seals. For information, access http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/science/Story/cod_recovery_e.htm or email
MODERNIZING CANADA'S FISHERIES ACT
The Minister of Fisheries and Oceans has tabled a bill in the House of Commons to amend the Fisheries Act. The bill proposes increased stakeholder participation in decision-making, a commitment to sustainable development, the promotion of more responsible fishing practices and the strengthening of fish and fish habitat conservation and protection measures. For information, access http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/media/newsrel/2006/hq-ac46_e.htm.
EVALUATION OF INTEGRATED COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT IN EUROPE
The European Commission contracted out an independent evaluation of ICZM in Europe. The objectives were to evaluate the implementation of an EU ICZM Recommendation; to evaluate the added-value of ICZM in the context of relevant existing and evolving Community policies/legislation; and to identify where a need for further action exists as regards coastal zone policy and to provide recommendations for further relevant action at the community level. The evaluation report is available at http://ec.europa.eu/environment/iczm/home.htm#evaluation.
UN CONSENSUS ON SUSTAINABLE FISHERIES
The UN General Assembly has adopted a consensus resolution on sustainable fisheries. The Assembly called on all States to apply the precautionary approach and an ecosystem approach to the conservation, management and exploitation of fish stocks, including straddling fish stocks, highly migratory fish stocks and discrete high seas fish stocks. For information, access http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2006/ga10551.doc.htm. The draft on sustainable fisheries is available at http://www.un.org/Docs/journal/asp/ws.asp?m=A/61/L.38.
REVIEW OF THE DRAFT US OCEAN RESEARCH PRIORITIES PLAN
The US National Research Council was asked to review the draft Ocean Research Priorities Plan (ORPP), "Charting the Course for Ocean Science in the United States: Research Priorities for the Next Decade". In its review, the NRC committee identified the strong points of the Plan and ways in which it may be improved. For information, including the Executive Summary, access http://www.nap.edu/catalog/11789.html.
US OCEAN PARK STEWARDSHIP 2006-2008 ACTION PLAN
The US National Park Service has developed a strategy to increase its emphasis on ocean resource management and conservation. The Ocean Park Stewardship Action Plan identifies critical issues and ways to address them cooperatively with federal, state, tribal and private partners. For information, access http://www.nature.nps.gov/water/Marine/Ocean_Strategy_screen_Oct_31_2006.pdf.
OTHER DOCUMENTS, NEWSLETTERS AND WEB RESOURCES
- The November issue of EarthTrends, published by the World Resources Institute (WRI), focuses on the Value of Coastal Ecosystems. It is available at http://earthtrends.wri.org/updates/node/118.
- A Special Edition of The Coastal Society Bulletin provides a brief compendium of the events, sessions and discussions at its 2006 conference held from 14-17 May in St. Pete Beach, Florida - http://www.thecoastalsociety.org/bulletin.html.
- The November 2006 issue of MPA News includes articles entitled Bringing MPAs Online: The Use of Webcams for Education, Monitoring, and Other Purposes and A Practical Rule of Thumb for Spacing in MPA Networks. MPA News is available at http://depts.washington.edu/mpanews/issues.html.
- Documentation submitted by Norway to the International Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf shows that the part of the continental shelf extending beyond its 200-mile zone covers areas measuring some 250,000 square kilometres in the Norwegian Sea, the Barents Sea and the Arctic Ocean. The purpose is to determine the boundary between the Norwegian continental shelf and the international seabed - http://odin.dep.no/ud/english/news/news/032081-070073/dok-bn.html.
- The Fall 2006 issue of the Marine Technology Society Journal focuses on Advances in Fishing Technology: Safety, Efficiency, and Sustainability. The papers on gillnets, long-line fisheries, scallop dragging and modern trawl fishery highlight advances in improving selectivity, reducing bycatch and mitigating bottom damage. For details, including ordering information, access http://www.mtsociety.org/publications/journal_form.cfm.
- Climate change poses a threat to the world's migratory species, altering or reducing habitats and forcing some species to change or even abandon long-standing migration routes, according to a report released by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Convention on Migratory Species Secretariat. For information, access http://www.cms.int/news/PRESS/nwPR2006/november/cms_ccReport.htm. The report is available at http://www.cms.int/publications/pdf/CMS_CimateChange.pdf.
- A Committee of the US National Research Council was tasked to describe and assess the state of scientific efforts to reconstruct surface temperature records for the Earth over approximately the last 2,000 years and the implications of these efforts for understanding global climate change. The Committee's report, including the Executive Summary, is available at http://www.nap.edu/catalog/11676.html.
- A report prepared by a committee of the American Fisheries Society and the Estuarine Research Federation is entitled Defining and Implementing Best Available Science for Fisheries and Environmental Science, Policy, and Management. It is available at http://web.fisheries.org/main/images/stories/afs/science.pdf.
- An article in the journal Nature (7 December) describes how fluctuations, especially in temperature, are connected to the productivity of phytoplankton in the world's oceans. The analyses are based on nearly a decade of satellite data. The scientists found that for much of the oceans recent warmer surface temperatures correspond to lower oceanic biomass and productivity. They concluded that these patterns arise because climate-induced changes in ocean circulation reduce the supply of nutrients needed for photosynthesis - http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v444/n7120/full/444695a.html.
- 18 December is the deadline to submit project proposals to the Cooperative Institute for Coastal and Estuarine Environmental Technology (CICEET) to demonstrate the innovative application of technology for land use planning as a means to improve the quality of coastal and estuarine waters and habitats - http://ciceet.unh.edu/rfp_2007/rfp_landUse.html. CICEET is a partnership of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the University of New Hampshire.
- 22 December is the deadline to indicate interest in attending the GEO Inland and Nearshore Coastal Water Quality Remote Sensing Workshop, 27-29 March 2007, Geneva, Switzerland - http://www.earthobservations.org/meetings/workshops/Inland/Inland01.html.
- 28 December is the close date for an RFP for a Habitat Classification Feasibility Study for Coastal and Marine Environments in Massachusetts. To view the RFP, access http://www.ebidsourcing.com, click on "Search for solicitations" and search for document number ENV 07 CZM 07.
- 31 December is the deadline for consultation on an initial draft of the WCPA-Marine Plan of Action. WCPA-Marine is part of the World Commission on Protected Areas and the IUCN. Input is being sought to identify future priorities and the best way to implement them - http://www.iucn.org/themes/wcpa/biome/marine/mpoaen.html.
- 31 December is the deadline to register for the International Marxan Best-Practices Workshop, 2-5 April 2007, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC. The Workshop is hosted by the hosted by the Pacific Marine Analysis and Research Association - http://www.pacmara.org.
- 12 January 2007 is the deadline for submitting abstracts to People and the Sea IV: Who Owns the Coast?, 5-7 July 2007, Amsterdam, The Netherlands - http://www.marecentre.nl/people_and_the_sea_4/index.html.
- 20 January 2007 is the deadline for submitting proposals to host the 33rd International Conference on Coastal Engineering in 2012. For information, email
. The Policies and Procedures for hosting conferences are available at http://www.coastal.udel.edu/coastal/icce/cerc.html.
- 5 February 2007 is the deadline to submit abstracts to the 3rd Workshop on Remote Sensing of the Coastal Zone, 7-9 June 2007, Bolzano/Bozen, Italy - http://las.physik.uni-oldenburg.de/workshop.
- 16 February 2007 is the deadline to submit abstracts to the 10th Canadian Workshop on Harmful Algae, 9-11 May 2007, Mont-Joli, Québec - http://www.osl.gc.ca/conf/tox2007/.
OTHER UPCOMING CONFERENCES AND EVENTS
- For a more complete list of upcoming conferences and workshops, access http://aczisc.dal.ca/conf.htm.
- 1-2 February 2007: Workshop on Restoring Maritime Salt Marshes, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. For information, email
- 16-17 February 2007: Fishermen and Scientists Research Society 14th Annual Conference, Truro, Nova Scotia - http://www.fsrs.ns.ca.
- 19-24 February 2007: International Conference on Environment: Survival and Sustainability, Nicosia, Northern Cyprus - http://www.neuconference.org.
- 26 February - 2 March 2007: Aquaculture 2007, San Antonio, Texas - http://www.was.org/meetings/ConferenceInfo.asp?MeetingCode=AQ2007.
- 5-8 March 2007: Coastal GeoTools '07, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina - http://www.csc.noaa.gov/geotools/.
- 5-9 March 2007: CARIS 2007, the 11th International User Group Conference and Educational Sessions, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - http://www.caris.com/conferences/caris2007/.
- 22-26 March 2007: ICCCM'07, the International Conference on Coastal Conservation and Management in the Atlantic and Mediterranean, Hammamet, Tunisia - http://www.fe.up.pt/ihrh/icccm07.
- 2-5 April 2007: International Marxan Best-Practices Workshop, Vancouver, British Columbia - http://www.pacmara.org/.
- 16-20 April 2007: ICS2007, the 9th International Coastal Symposium, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia - http://www.griffith.edu.au/conference/ics2007/.