February 2017




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Spring 2017: ACZISC Meeting #79, TBD, New Brunswick

Fall 2017: ACZISC #80, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Spring 2018: ACZISC Meeting #81, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island




The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, announced today (March 1st) at Dalhousie University that the Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response (MEOPAR) Network will receive $28.5 million over the next five years to continue research to reduce Canada’s vulnerability to marine hazards and emergencies, through facilitating partnerships between academia, government, several marine industry sectors, ocean technology firms, coastal communities, and NGOs.

Read more about the announcement here:


“The end of 2016 was met with a disturbing scene: dead marine life spread across the beaches of southwestern Nova Scotia. Images of a marine die-off left Canadians wondering what was going on in the ocean, as scientists scrambled to provide answers. Although we may not have the conclusive answers we were hoping to find, the incident highlights a critical point: nature is unpredictable and in order to adapt, we need healthy abundant oceans.” ­- Oceana 

The full article can be read here:


The purpose of CMA-2 (Caribbean Marine Atlas-2nd phase) Project is the sustainable operationalization of an online digital “Caribbean Marine Atlas” technology platform, in support of Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM), including, coastal hazards, climate change, biodiversity & habitats, fisheries, and land-based sources of pollution, as well as Ecosystem-based Management for Caribbean Large Marine Ecosystem (CLME). The Caribbean Marine Atlas Platform allows you to browse through an extensive catalogue of data layers on a wide variety of topics, allowing you to create maps based on one or more of the layers.

The atlas can be viewed at the following link:

See also


This online visualization tool supports communities that are assessing their coastal hazard risks and vulnerabilities. The tool creates a collection of user-defined maps that show the people, places, and natural resources exposed to coastal flooding. The maps can be saved, downloaded, or shared to communicate flood exposure and potential impacts. In addition, the tool provides guidance for using these maps to engage community members and stakeholders.

The tool can be accessed at the following link:


This hand book is conceived as a practical “cookbook” and was compiled by gathering information from ten atlas developers as well as extracting relevant information from International Coastal Atlas Network (ICAN) workshop reports. The goal is to allow both new and established Coastal Web Atlas (CWA) developers and hosts to benefit from best practice examples, as well as learn from experienced CWA developers, to increase capacity to successfully interact with user communities and target audiences, while managing coastal and marine data and information in a user friendly way. The final product is a resource that hopes to complement and link to a variety of OceanTeacher activities, support IODE training in courses, and be valuable to all who manage and present marine data and information.

This tool is now available as IOC Manuals and Guides No. 75 from the IODE web site:



The ACZISC Secretariat compiles a list of regional, national and international conferences, seminars, webinars, courses and other events of relevance to integrated coastal and ocean management (ICOM). To see the complete list, please visit:



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“Maritimes Region Fisheries Atlas: Catch Weight Landings Mapping (2010-2014),” published by DFO’s Oceans and Coastal Management Division (Maritimes Region), which includes maps of directed fisheries and bycatch from the Scotian Shelf, the Bay of Fundy, and Georges Bank. This resource can be found online:

“Assessing Gaps in Wetland Information to Strengthen Resilience” and “Evaluating Restoration Effectiveness to Reduce Runoff and Protect Corals” are featured articles from NOAA’s Digital Coastal Connections. Find these articles and more at the following link:

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched a knowledge hub to generate momentum in anticipation of the United Nations Conference to Support Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (the Ocean Conference). Please visit the hub here:

“Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) to create world's largest Marine Protected Area”, is one of the featured articles in SEVENSEAS’ February issue of their marine conservation and travel magazine. The magazine can be found here:

“The Next Chapter in Coastal Adaptation” is the featured story in the Center for Ocean Solutions’ Winter/Spring 2017 e-newsletter, which can be found here:

Check out the article “The EBM Toolbox: Methods for assessing marine ecosystem status” in the Marine Ecosystems and Management’s (MEAM) February 2017 newsletter:

The Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) in Belgium has released Historical Maps of the Coastal Zone. This resource includes maps from world famous cartographers from the 16th-18th century. The maps can be found at the following link:

Check out the featured article: “Marine Geomatics Primer: Using UUVs to Take Flight Underwater” in 74th issue of the Canadian Spatial Times Newsletter. Read the newsletter here: The 75th issue is also available here:

Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat released their January and February 2017 publications, which can be found here:  |

Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers is the focus of Hydro International’s February 2017 newsletter. Inclusive in this issue is the article titled “Technology in Focus: Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers (ADCP)”. Read more here: (part 1)  |  (part 2)

Other interesting articles from Hydro International released throughout February can be found at the following links:

Denying denial: climate facts and impacts” is one of the articles found in the International Institute for Environment and Development’s February 2017 newsletter. Find the newsletter here:

Communities, Conservation and Livelihoods February 2017 newsletter is now available. To read about the latest news, publications, and stories from the community, please check out the newsletter here:

Too Big To Ignore has released their February digest—complete with updates, news and more. Read the latest edition here:

The Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation is celebrating their 10th anniversary this month. Go visit their page and check out the latest news items:

Featured article: “National Climate Implementation Efforts Focus on Investment Strategies” can be read in the International Institute for Sustainable Development’s (IISD) February updates on their SDG Knowledge Hub. These articles and more can be found here:  |  |  |  |

The OpenChannels Forum for Ocean Planning and Management provides weekly updates on relevant literature, as it relates to such topics as fisheries management, marine spatial planning, MPAs, and climate change and human impacts. The February updates can be viewed here:

·        January 30:

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Some recaps from the January Issue…

Check out the chapter “Information Matters: The Influence of the Atlantic Coastal Zone Information Steering Committee on Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management in Atlantic Canada”, from the book Science, Information, and Policy Interface for Effective Coastal and Ocean Management:

Ocean Tracking Network has launched their new website, which now features interactive maps, increased functionality, and searchable tools. Please go visit and explore the new website here:[collectioncode]=1 



05 March 2017: Sustainable Oceans 2017 call for abstracts deadline. For more information and to submit abstracts online, please visit:

06 March 2017: MEOPAR`s Call for Research Proposals: Year of Polar Prediction (

10 March 2017: Mountain Equipment Co-op’s deadline for spring grants; learn more about the grant and how to apply, here:

31 March 2017: Closing date to submit nominations for the Gulf of Maine Council 2017 Awards. Nomination forms can be found here:

15 April 2017: Deadline for nominations for the 2017 A.G. Huntsman Award for Excellence in the Marine Sciences. The nomination form can be downloaded at:

14 August 2017: Deadline for entry into the NASA WORLD WIND Europa Challenge. More information on the challenge can be found here: 





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