UPCOMING ACZISC MEETINGS
- 21-22 September 2005: ACZISC Meeting #46, St. John's, Newfoundland
- 25-26 January 2006: ACZISC Meeting #47, Fredericton, New Brunswick
- 31 May - 1 June 2006: ACZISC Meeting #48, Halifax, Nova Scotia
- 27-28 September 2006: ACZISC Meeting #49, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
RECENT ADDITIONS TO THE ACZISC WEBSITE
- A Google search function has been implemented for the ACZISC website - http://www.google.com/u/ACZISC.
- A report of current coastal activities in Atlantic Canada is available at http://aczisc.dal.ca/45cz.pdf. The report is the Roundtable portion of ACZISC Meeting #45 held on 18-19 May 2005 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
WORKING GROUP ON NORTHUMBERLAND STRAIT ECOSYSTEM
The Minister of Fisheries and Oceans has established a regional working group to study the state of the ecosystem in the Northumberland Strait. The group which will oversee the study of a wide range of topics including weather systems, topography, human impact, erosion, sedimentation, invasive species, transportation issues including the Confederation Bridge, the impact of other industries on fisheries as well as fishing patterns, practices and policies. For information, access http://www.glf.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/comm/nr-cp/v-e.php?nr_c_g05013.
AN ACTION PLAN FOR REBUILDING THE GRAND BANKS FISHERIES
The Report of the Advisory Panel on the Sustainable Management of Straddling Fish Stocks in the Northwest Atlantic states that the Government of Canada should replace the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) with a new Regional Fisheries Management Organization (RFMO) that incorporates the modern approaches to, and principles of, sustainable ecosystem management and that the new arrangement should explicitly recognize the special interest of coastal states in the sustainable management of stocks. The report includes an Action Plan. For information and to download the Report, access http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/overfishing-surpeche/documents/advisory_e.htm.
RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED BY THE NEG-ECP
The 29th Annual Conference of the New England Governors and the Eastern Canadian Premiers was held in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador on 28-29 August 2005. The resolutions adopted include: Energy, Oceans, and Environment. For details, access http://www.cap-cpma.ca/default.asp?mn=220.127.116.11&sfield=content.id&search=294.
TIDAL BARRIERS IN THE BAY OF FUNDY
The GeoNOVA Program will host a geomatics conference on 3-4 October 2005 in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Topics include: Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy impacts on GIS; Internet mapping applications; and presentations on GeoConnections and the National Land and Water Information System. GeoNOVA is Nova Scotia's corporate Program for the creation, maintenance, and distribution of geographic data and maps. For information, access http://www.geonova.ca.
The 2005 National Conference of the Ocean Management Research Network is scheduled for 29 September to 1 October 2005 in Ottawa, Ontario. The theme is Canada's Oceans: Research, Management and the Human Dimension. The Conference provides a forum for ocean and coastal researchers, managers and policy-makers to share ideas and to discuss the current state of knowledge, research gaps and national priorities for the use and management of Canada's three oceans. For information, access http://www.omrn.ca/eng_conference2005.html.
OCEAN INNOVATION 2005
The Ocean Innovation 2005 Conference and Exhibition is scheduled for 23-25 October 2005 in Rimouski, Québec. Workshops on Maritime Simulation and Ocean Mapping will take place offsite on 26 October. The theme is Operational Challenges in Northern Waters. Topics include: Opportunities and Challenges of The Northwest Passage as a Shipping Route, Ocean Mapping in the North and Ocean Observing Systems in Canada. For information, access http://www.oceaninnovation.ca.
WORKSHOP ON REMOTE SENSING FOR COASTAL ZONE RESEARCH, MONITORING AND MANAGEMENT
OIL SPILL CONFERENCE AND TRADE SHOW
The Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association (NEIA) is hosting this event in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador on 28-29 November 2005. The theme is An Integrated Approach to Oil Spill Preparedness and Response. The Conference will profile integration models from several countries. It will provide a forum to discuss the models, the importance of public and community stakeholder involvement and the merits of various response operations. For information, including the proceedings of the 2003 Conference, access http://www.oilspillconference.com.
GOM COUNCIL/NOAA HABITAT RESTORATION PARTNERSHIP GRANTS PROGRAM
The Gulf of Maine Council/NOAA Habitat Restoration Partnership is requesting proposals for the 2005-2006 Habitat Restoration Grants Program. Grants are available to NGOs, municipalities, schools and tribal and state governments for habitat restoration projects located within the US portion of the Gulf of Maine watershed. The deadlines are 30 September for submitting a letter of intent and 18 November for submitting proposals. For details, including the RFP and the grant application, access http://www.gulfofmaine.org/habitatrestoration/.
HURRICANE KATRINA IMPACT STUDIES
Hurricane Katrina made landfall as a category 4 storm in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana on 29 August 2005.
- The US Geological Survey (USGS), NASA, the US Army Corps of Engineers, and the University of New Orleans are cooperating in a research project investigating coastal change that occurred as a result of Hurricane Katrina. For information, access http://coastal.er.usgs.gov/hurricanes/katrina/.
- To visualize relationships, model the movement of contaminants, and identify sources of human exposure, the National Institutes of Health is developing an interactive Geographic Information System (GIS). This GIS will assemble maps based on geographic, demographic, hydrographic, infrastructure and industrial/agricultural data from publicly accessible sources. For information, access http://www-apps.niehs.nih.gov/katrina/.
GLOBAL WARMING, CYCLONES AND HURRICANES
To date the detection of trends in hurricane activity has focussed primarily on their frequency. In his paper entitled Increasing Destructiveness of Tropical Cyclones Over the Past 30 Years, published in the journal Nature, Kerry Emanuel reports that the potential destructiveness of hurricanes is highly correlated with tropical sea surface temperature and global warming. He adds that future warming may lead to an upward trend in tropical cyclone destructive potential and, taking into account an increasing coastal population, a substantial increase in hurricane-related losses in the twenty-first century. The paper is available at ftp://texmex.mit.edu/pub/emanuel/PAPERS/NATURE03906.pdf.
PROTECTING AND RESTORING WETLANDS AND RIPARIAN AREAS
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a technical guidance and reference document for use in the implementation of nonpoint source pollution management programs. The document contains information on the best available, economically achievable means of reducing nonpoint source pollution through the protection and restoration of wetlands and riparian areas, as well as the implementation of vegetated treatment systems. The document is available at http://epa.gov/owow/nps/wetmeasures/.
MARINE MAPPING IN THE UK
An article in the latest issue of the Tidings Online e-newsletter reports that detailed and comprehensive maps of the UK's territorial waters will soon be available. The new digital mapping will contain several layers: bathymetry and elevation; natural and physical environment; structures and obstructions; socio-economic and marine use; conservation and environment; and climate and oceanography. To read the article, access Tidings Online at http://www.osil.co.uk/ and click on the title "A Sea Change in Marine Mapping".
OTHER DOCUMENTS, NEWSLETTERS AND WEB RESOURCES
- One of the several articles featured in the August issue of the Canadian Ocean Science Newsletter is entitled Rapid Changes of Temperature and Salinity near the Bottom of the Labrador Sea. The newsletter is available at http://www.cncscor.ca.
- A novel combination of a GPS-equipped all-terrain vehicle and a similarly GPS-equipped JetSki, with sonar, was used in California to make beach elevation and bathymetric observations respectively in an erosion study related to a winter storm. For details, refer to the paper available at http://cdip.ucsd.edu/SCBPS/documents/index/publications/Rapid_Erosion_Southern_California_Beach_Fill.pdf.
- The Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan and the Environmental Impact Statement were recently released by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The documents are available at http://library.fws.gov/ccps.htm.
- The US National Research Council report entitled Oil Spill Dispersants: Efficacy and Effects reviews the adequacy of existing information and ongoing research regarding the effectiveness of dispersants as an oil spill response technique, as well as the effect of dispersed oil on marine and coastal ecosystems. The report can be read or purchased online at http://www.nap.edu/catalog/11283.html.
- The Cooperative Institute for Coastal and Estuarine Environmental Technology (CICEET) sponsors the development and application of a wide range of coastal technologies in the US. The first set of project progress reports for 2005 are available at http://ciceet.unh.edu/news/releases/reportRelease/reportRelease.html.
- 20 September is the extended deadline for submitting abstracts to the Conference entitled Climate and Fisheries: Impacts, Uncertainty and Responses of Ecosystems and Communities, 26-28 October 2005 in Victoria, British Columbia - http://www.fishclimate.ca
- 23 September is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the Coastal Society's 20th International Conference, 13-18 May 2006 in St. Pete Beach, Florida - http://www.thecoastalsociety.org/conference/tcs20/
- 15 October is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the 3rd International Symposium on Marine Conservation Biology, to be integrated into the 20th Annual Meeting of SCB scheduled for 24-28 June 2006 in San Jose, California, USA - http://www.conservationbiology.org/2006/Symposiumcall.cfm
- 20 October 2005 is the deadline for submitting abstracts online to the 2006 Ocean Sciences Meeting, 20-24 February 2006 in Honolulu, Hawaii - http://www.agu.org/meetings/os06/
MARK YOUR CALENDARS....
- Canadian Hydrographic Conference 2006 (CHC 2006), 5-9 June 2006 in Halifax, Nova Scotia - http://www.chc2006.ca
- Coastal Zone Canada 2006, 14-18 August 2006 (revised date) in Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories - http://www.czc06.ca
- 7th Bay of Fundy Science Workshop, 25-27 October 2006 in St. Andrews, New Brunswick - http://www.bofep.org/2006_workshop.htm
OTHER UPCOMING CONFERENCES AND EVENTS
- For a more complete list of upcoming conferences and workshops, access http://aczisc.dal.ca/conf.htm.
- 19-20 September 2005: Workshop on Climate Change and Sensitivity of Commercial Marine Species, St. Andrews, New Brunswick - http://www.geog.mcgill.ca/climatechange
- 19-23 September 2005: Dunes and Estuaries 2005, the International Conference on Nature Restoration Practices in European Coastal Habitats, Casino Koksijde, Belgium - http://www.vliz.be/de2005/
- 20-24 September 2005: International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) 2005 Annual Science Meeting, Aberdeen, Scotland - http://www.ices.dk/iceswork/asc/2005/index.asp
- 22-25 September 2005: 2005 Conference of the Canadian Aboriginal Science and Technology Society (CASTS), Membertou, Nova Scotia - http://www.castsconference2005.ca/
- 22-25 September 2005: Regional Canadian Environmental Network Conference, Montréal, Québec - http://www.cen-rce.org/eng/projects/ace/index.html
- 26-29 September 2005: CARIS 2005, the 10th International User Group Conference and Educational Sessions, Halifax, Nova Scotia - http://www.caris.com/caris2005/
- 2-7 October 2005: 3rd Symposium on Harmful Algae in the U.S., Monterey, California - http://www.whoi.edu/redtide/3rdsymposium/
- 4-7 October 2005: Canadian Offshore Resources Exhibition and Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia - http://www.coreconference.com
- 10-12 October 2005: American Shore and Beach Preservation Association Fall Conference, San Francisco, California - http://www.asbpa.org/2005fallconf.html
- 10-12 October 2005: International Conference on Marine Scientific Research and the Law of the Sea: the Balance between Coastal State and International Rights, Monaco - http://www.gmat.unsw.edu.au/ablos/#ABLOS'05
- 12-14 October 2005: Innovative Governance, Regional Development and Economic Growth: Strategic Lessons from/for Island Territories and Rural Regions, Twillingate, Newfoundland - http://www.crrf.ca/about/call05.shtml
- 16-21 October 2005: 24th International Submerged Lands Management Conference, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands - http://www.islc2005.org
- 19-20 October 2005: 2005 Symposium of the Ocean Renewable Energy Group, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador - http://www.oreg.ca/news/OREGFallSymposium2005/
- 20-22 October 2005: International Conference of the Greening of Industry Network, Wolfville, Nova Scotia - http://www.acadiau.ca/academy/2005GIN/GIN2005Index.html
- 23-27 October 2005: 1st International Marine Protected Areas Congress, Geelong, Australia - http://www.impacongress.org